What’s fact and what’s fiction? Are those sunny side up eggs OK to eat and the coffee OK to drink?

The answer is: no.

Pregnancy can trigger a variety of emotions, including stress. Reaching for food can give you an instant escape. If you’re dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, you may have the additional stress of making decisions, such as choosing to place your baby for adoption.

For your well being, eating healthy will help support your mind and body during your pregnancy. For your baby’s health, safety and development, avoid those sunny side up eggs, coffee and other foods that can be harmful and even life-threatening to your baby, such as:

  • Raw eggs, including items made with raw eggs, such as Cesar dressing and mayonnaise, due to salmonella
  • Unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk, such as brie, Camembert, Roquefort, feta, Gorgonzola, queso blanco and queso fresco, which can contain listeria
  • Raw and rare meat and seafood, which increases the risk of coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis and salmonella
  • Deli meat and smoked seafoods, which can contain listeria
  • Fish high in mercury, such as swordfish, king mackerel, shark and tilefish
  • Raw shellfish
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • And there’s more, including raw cookie dough! The list continues at WebMD’s “What Not to Eat When Pregnant.”

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Have you heard of Hippocrates? He was a Greek physician, who made this comment around 480 BC. What he meant is that the right food, diet and eating habits are “good medicine” that can keep you healthy—and they can help keep your baby healthy too.

 

Author: Destiny Adoption Services

Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.