Additional tips for your pre pregnancy nutrition plan
In preparing your pre-pregnancy diet, the following are also recommended:
1. Avoid foods that may contain listeria and toxoplasma.
These include soft cheeses, paté or smoked seafood and raw eggs. Make sure that any eggs, meat and fish you eat is cooked through.
2. Take care in choosing seafood. Seafood may contain mercury.
You should not eat fish high in mercury like shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel. Canned “white” tuna (albacore) is higher in mercury content than the “light” variety; limit canned white tuna to less than 6 ounces (170 gram) per week.
Mercury can harm the developing nervous system in an unborn child or young baby. However, you may choose those lower in mercury like salmon, flounder, tilapia, trout, pollock, and catfish.
3. Cut back on caffeine.
Try to keep your caffeine consumption to a less than of 200 mg a day, which is about 1 espresso. Don’t forget that caffeine can be found in other food and beverage items as well, such as chocolate, tea, some soft drinks, and energy drinks.
4. Avoid alcohol.
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy, may result in serious negative effects to your baby’s development.