Is Chinese Food Safe To Eat During Pregnancy?
We've gotten a lot of questions from soon-to-be moms like "Is Chinese food while pregnant safe? How much water should I drink? Can I drink coffee? Can I eat chocolates while pregnant?" These are very valid and reasonable questions and we to help you answer them.
Eating a healthy diet is important for everyone, but even more essential for pregnant ladies. There are certain nutrients that help the growing baby as well as the mother carrying it, so it's important that a mother meets these nutritional needs.
Of course, considering it is healthy Chinese Food. Like any other food, you just need to make healthier choices and eat a well balanced diet. Avoid Chinese food that's high in fat, sodium and calories, such as food that are fried and that use soy sauce.
- We encourage pregnant ladies to add 300 more calories per day compared to their pre-pregnant diet. It may be hard, especially during the first trimester when you have nausea and vomiting. But still, try to achieve and also take prenatal vitamins.
- Fruits and vegetables contain important nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. It's also rich in fiber which will help you keep a healthy bowel movement.
Effects on baby: Deficiency in some nutrients might cause abnormalities on your baby. For example, deficiency in folic acid increases the risk for neural tube defects. A mother needs to take 0.4mg of folic acid per day. Food rich in folic acid include green leafy vegetables.
- Breads and Grains provide essential carbohydrates for energy. They are also a good source of iron, fiber, some protein, and B Vitamins.
- Protein-rich food such as meat, poultry, fish and eggs are good for your developing baby. It contains iron, which is vital in carrying oxygen to your baby and to your cells.
- Calcium-rich food such as dairy products, help support the mother's bones and teeth. A healthy dose of calcium during pregnancy is 1000mg.
- To help support proper nutrition, doctors usually prescribe prenatal vitamins.
- There is a higher risk of birth defects, intellectual disabilities, premature labor and low birthweight babies for mothers who consume alcohol during pregnancy.
Alcohol consumption also causes Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Moderate levels of caffeine is okay. So far, there are no studies that show it has negative effects on pregnancy. Moderate amounts is between 150mg-300mg.
- Doctors do not recommend caffeine during pregnancy because it is a stimulant, meaning it increases your blood pressure and heart rate. These two effects of caffeine is not good for pregnant ladies.
- Remember, what you intake during pregnancy crosses the placenta. Your baby's metabolism is not the same as yours.
- Chocolate contains caffeine. So does tea, soda and some drugs.
- There are no studies on humans that conclude that caffeine causes birth defects. However, studies on animals showed that it can cause birth defects, preterm delivery and low birth-weight.
Raw food increases the risk of foodborne diseases. It also increases the risk for toxoplasmosis, which is a sickness caused by a parasite found in uncooked meat.
Seafood may contain high levels of mercury, which is not good for the baby's development. In fact, studies show a link between mercury consumption during pregnancies and developmental delays. Examples of high-mercury content food are shark, tuna, mackerel, swordfish, shrimp, etc.
It's okay to eat shellfish, as long as it is cooked and not raw. Raw shellfish may cause food poisoning.
Raw Milk (Unpasteurized Milk)
It may contain microbes that have not be killed by the high heat during pasteurization.
Some effects of smoke include low birth weight, behavioral and learning deficiencies, miscarriage, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It may also cause preterm labor or birth.
- Some drugs are not safe for the baby so always consult your doctor before you take and medications.
- Remember what you take, your baby takes. So if you are taking illicit drugs, the effects are on your baby. They will experience drug withdrawal when they are born.
- “Crack babies” and “drug babies” will have their own set of problems. They will most likely show mental deficits.
Pregnant ladies need extra care and nutrition, not just for their own sake, but for the baby’s. A healthy diet is vital to promote healthy development of your baby. There are certain foods to avoid that either have little or major effects on the baby. If you are unsure, it’s best to consult your physician.