Is it dangerous to eat fish during pregnancy?
Not every type of fish is harmful. Fish that contain high level of mercury like shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish need to be avoided as these can be harmful for a baby's nervous system. Opt for fish that is low in mercury like salmon, pollock, catfish, cod, and tilapia.
I follow a vegetarian diet. Is it okay now that I am pregnant?
If you are a vegetarian and you eat dairy products and eggs, you can safely continue this diet throughout your pregnancy. If you are a vegan and don't consume dairy products and eggs, with careful attention and planning you can meet most of your nutritional needs as well. Going without meat does not mean going without nutrients. But you'll need to ensure you get the proper amount of grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, calcium-rich foods, nuts, and vitamin B-12. Discuss your diet with the doctor as he will be the best person to guide you about this.
Can I have cheese as usual or are there some cheeses that I should avoid?
You may experience a lot of food cravings during pregnancy, but not every food item that you feel like having is safe for your baby. Mould-ripened soft cheeses and the ones that are made of unpasteurised milk are unsafe to consume during pregnancy, as they can very easily get affected with a bacterium called listeria, which can harm the baby and may also lead to a miscarriage. So cheeses like brie and blue brie, camembert, chèvre, Danish blue, gorgonzola, etc., are a complete no-no. Instead, you can opt for hard cheeses like gouda, gruyere, halloumi, lancashire, manchego, orkney, paneer and parmesan.
Can I have raw eggs during pregnancy?
Many food cravings can be harmful for your baby. Consuming raw eggs or undercooked/soft boiled eggs in any form can lead to Salmonella infection which can cause fever, diarrhoea or dehydration. Avoid homemade mayonnaise, ice-creams, custards, mousses, etc. as they all might contain raw eggs. If you still want to consume boiled eggs then you can boil a medium-sized egg for at least seven minutes before consumption. Ice creams shouldn't be a problem as most commercially manufactured ice creams use pasteurised eggs.