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You Are Both What You Eat

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Eating and drinking for two? Be twice as careful choosing what you consume.

Obviously, steer clear of alcohol.

Stay away from soft cheeses – feta, queso fresco, queso blanco, Camembert, Brie, and blue-veined cheeses – unless they’re pasteurized. The threat is listeria, bacteria found in unpasteurized cheese.

Pregnant women are 12 times more likely to get it. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and pre-term delivery.

The listeria concern also applies to hot dogs, deli meats, cold cuts, pate, and refrigerated smoked seafood.

Avoid unpasteurized fruit juices.

Omega 3 fatty acids in fish are good for your baby’s brain, but avoid swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish – long-lived fish containing more mercury, which can damage your baby’s neurologic system.
Limit canned white albacore tuna to 6 ounces a week. It contains more mercury than canned light tuna.

Too much Liver, which is high in Vitamin A, can cause birth defects. The Institute of Medicine says the daily limit for pregnant women is 2500 international units.

Limit daily caffeine intake to no more than 200 mg a day.

For more specifics, go to MyPlate.gov.