"That’s bad for you": let’s bust some pregnancy food myths.
One of the things you will find when you are expecting is that everyone often feels that they have to give you unsolicited advice about what to eat and what to stop eating. Your friends and family will have points of view, and you are sure to encounter an old wives’ tale or two along the way. Truth is, you're going to be showered with helpful, but at times conflicting, pregnancy nutrition tips; so let’s help set the record straight.
No doubt that you have already heard the phrase "you’re eating for two now". Cool! An excuse to eat as much as you want! Unfortunately, not. While you do need extra nutrients like calcium and iron when you are pregnant, you do not need many extra calories until the second trimester. Even then, it is only 350 more calories each day. And guess what? You have to make those calories count by choosing a variety of nutrient-dense foods from all four food groups, as opposed to energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods. It is not really about eating more, it is more about getting more from what you eat.
So what is safe to eat? For one thing, you are allowed to eat fish — to get more details on that, click here. But what about the more obscure advice circulating out there?