A Food Guide for Pregnant Women

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During your pregnancy there are a few things that might stress you out, but eating shouldn’t be one of them. Unfortunately, all of the advice you hear — from friends, family, and yes, even total strangers — about what is and isn’t safe during pregnancy is enough to confuse anyone. “There are a lot of old wives’ tales out there,” says Elizabeth Ward, RD, of Reading, Massachusetts. So if you’re wondering what’s okay to eat (and whether you have to give your favorite foods the boot for nine months), check out our guide.

Foods to Avoid

Why are some foods off-limits when you’re pregnant — but fine if you’re not? First, changes to your immune system now make you more vulnerable to food-borne illnesses. What would’ve meant stomach upset before could mean serious complications now — from dehydration to miscarriage.

So to be safe, avoid the common culprits of food-borne illness

 

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