When you find out your are pregnant, out comes the laundry list of things you cannot eat for the next nine months. Things that you will probably crave and be willing to sell your kidney for one bite because OH MY GOD they are off the menu for what seems like an eternity.
But…that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways around the forbidden foods if you just follow a little precaution.
1. Soft Cheeses.
Oh how I love cheese. I have remarked on more than one occasion that if cheese wasn’t notorious for its colon clogging properties I could probably live on it. There are very few cheeses that I don’t like either. And the soft cheeses like feta, brie, blue, and mozzarella? YUM. Unfortunately those are also the cheeses that you aren’t supposed to eat while pregnant. Unless they are pasteurized. Fortunately you can find pasteurized versions of most of these cheeses in the United States. So go ahead, check the label, and if you see that delightful little word? Enjoy.
2. Deli Meats
Turkey. Corned Beef. Ham. There is something that just says homemade lunch about a really great sandwich stacked high with your favorite deli meats. Wouldn’t you know it, cold cuts are on the do not eat list thanks to a little something called listeria. Except when you heat it up. Warm up your deli meats to 160° and you can stop worrying about whether you sammie is coated with bacteria. Same goes with hot dogs. Just say no to eating them out of the refrigerator directly from the package at 3 in the morning. No matter how much you crave them.
There is no way I could go my entire pregnancy without eating sushi. Like cheese, I’m pretty sure I could live a very happy existence if it was one of the only things I could eat for the rest of my life. But like the soft cheeses you will be frowned upon for eating it when you are sporting a baby bump. And while I would suggest you avoid the sushi section at your local grocery store, you can enjoy sushi if you are careful. Make sure you are eating it from a reputable sushi place and don’t eat the raw fish. Say your spicy tuna roll until after your bundle of joy has arrived and go for the “safer” options like the veggie rolls, the rolls with cooked fish/seafood, or the deep fried options. They taste amazing and you won’t feel like you are missing out.
So go ahead, indulge in your cravings. Just do it safely for you and your baby.
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