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Can a pregnant woman eat sushi?

Can a pregnant woman eat sushi?

Sushi & pregnanc: Sushi should be avoided during pregnancy for two reasons. (1) risk of bacterial infection complicating the pregnancy. (2) risk of exposure to mercury complicating the pregnancy. Certainly not worth the risk during pregnancy. Cooked sushi or vegetable-only sushi should be fine, but then we'd worry about the person making the sushi having washed his hands after handling raw fish. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can a pregnant woman eat steak?

Can a pregnant woman eat steak?

Eat your steak!: A pregnant woman can definitely eat steak, but it should be cooked all the way through. Some may think this ruins the steak. To have a steak that is cooked well-done but still tender, try a thinner cut. ...Read more

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What drinks should a pregnant woman avoid?

What drinks should a pregnant woman avoid?

Avoid alcohol.: It is recommended that you not drink nettle leaf, fennel, sassafras, rosemary (in large amounts), hibiscus, ephedra, licorice root, raspberry leaf, oregano, cinnamon, anise, senna or sage tea. Encourage you to limit caffeine intake -so if you drink white, red, yellow or green tea- try to make it decaffeinated. Ginger, lime, barley, peppermint and thyme tea are safe during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is a baby diet what you're supposed to eat when you are pregnant?

Is a baby diet what you're supposed to eat when you are pregnant?

Healthy diet: A pregnant woman should follow a healthful balanced diet. It is sometimes difficult to find time to make all the foods that are recommended. However, a visit to a nutritionist or a site recommended by an OB provider can make it easier to plan ahead and buy and prepare healthy foods. There are prenatal care guides that obs follow for determining the correct number of calories. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat sushi while pregnant, if you have been eating it 1-2x per week prior to being pregnant?

Is it safe to eat sushi while pregnant, if you have been eating it 1-2x per week prior to being pregnant?

Only if cooked: Raw sushi can contain parasites or bacteria that can make you sick. When pregnant, your immune system is challenged and sometimes can't fight off infections as well as when you're not pregnant. If you have to get your sushi fix, stick with the cooked options. ...Read more

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What food should I not eat during pregnancy?

What food should I not eat during pregnancy?

Junk food: Junk food is defined as none nutritional food that can offer little or no value to a growing fetus. Food from the four basic food groups concentrating on fruit and vegetables is a preferable. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat a vegetarian diet during pregnancy?

Is it safe to eat a vegetarian diet during pregnancy?

Yes: Vegetarians can have a perfectly normal pregnancy. There are considerations. You should make sure you get enough protein in your diet to accommodate your growing baby. Generally, we recommend talking to a nutritionist early on or before pregnancy to get an idea of the changes you will need to make. ...Read more

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Is it safe for pregnant women to eat jackfruit?

Is it safe for pregnant women to eat jackfruit?

Jackfruit: There is a myth that jackfruit causes miscarriages. It is a powerful laxative. Many recommend not eating jackfruit during pregnancy because it’s safety has not been studied. ...Read more

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What foods to not eat while pregnant?

What foods to not eat while pregnant?

Check FDA webpage: This link to the fda's website about food safety in pregnancy summarizes how to avoid listeria, mercury and toxoplasma: http://www.Fda.Gov/food/foodborneillnesscontaminants/peopleatrisk/ucm081819.Htm. ...Read more

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What foods not to eat when pregnant with twins?

What foods not to eat when pregnant with twins?

See below: There's nothing specifically to avoid. Eat what you're hungry for. Have a target weight of 30-35 lb. Or there about. ...Read more

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What foods, pregnant women not allowed to eat?

What foods, pregnant women not allowed to eat?

Avoid: Avoid deli meats & imported soft cheeses (listeria), raw meat (steak tartar), raw fish(sushi), raw shellfish, things made with raw eggs (salmonella), pate & refrigerated smoke seafood that is not subsequently cooked. No unwashed vegetables or fruit. Avoid alcohol & caffeinated beverages. Avoid mecury. Fish with very high potential mercury levels: shark, swordfish, marlin & king mackerel. ...Read more

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How many calories should a pregnant woman's healthy diet supposed to be?

How many calories should a pregnant woman's healthy diet supposed to be?

~3,000 Kcal.: Most pregnant women should do fine on a 2, 500-3, 000 kcal diet, depending on number of fetuses, maternal activity and weight/height. ...Read more

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Is not wanting to eat a pregnancy symptom?

Is not wanting to eat a pregnancy symptom?

Pregnancy symptoms: If a woman was nauseated or felt sickened by certain smells, it could negatively impact her appetite in early pregnancy. However, this is not diagnostic of pregnancy. Please take a home pregnancy test if you have missed your period. Take care. ...Read more

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Would it be acceptable to eat only 1200 calories if I am breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding/dietin: You shuld eat healthy nutritious diet, high in vegetables and protein, avoid fatty foods and exercise daily. Try to get enough sleep as well so your body does not produce more cortisol inducing more weight gain or difficulty gaining weight. If you are on a calorie redced diet you may not be able to make enough milk and it would be bad for the baby. ...Read more