Symptoms of Pregnancy and Things NOT to Eat When Pregnant
Symptoms of Pregnancy - Early signs / classic clues of pregnancy
- Tender, swollen breasts: breast may feel heavier or fuller or feel tender to the touch. The area around the nipples, called the areola, may also darken.
- Weird abdominal pain: This is likely due to implantation, it felt different than menstrual cramps, almost like really bad gas.
- Fatigue and tiredness: You will feel tired all of a sudden even though you got plenty of sleep.
- Faintness and dizziness: Early in pregnancy, faintness also may be triggered by low blood sugar.
- Nausea with or without vomiting: Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, is one of the classic symptoms of pregnancy.
- Mood swings: In early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings also are common, especially in the first trimester.
- Food aversions or cravings: Food cravings are common too, i.e. coffee or fried foods.
- Increased Urination: You might find yourself urinating more often than usual, especially at night.
- Headaches: Due to increased blood circulation caused by hormonal changes may trigger frequent, mild headaches.
- Constipation: Constipation is another common early symptom of pregnancy.
- Vaginal discharge: This happens to a lot of women during their menstrual cycles, but a white, milky discharge could be a result of your vagina's walls thickening due to conception.
- Slight bleeding or cramping: Sometimes a small amount of spotting or vaginal bleeding is one of the first symptoms of pregnancy.
- Raised basal body temperature: Your basal body temperature is your oral temperature when you first wake up in the morning.
- Missed Period: This is a possible sign of pregnancy.
What NOT to eat When Pregnant:
- Unwashed Fruits/Veggies
- Self-service salad bars or packages salads, such as coleslaw and pasta salad.
- Soft-serve ice-cream and thick-shakes
- any foods or drinks that contain raw egg.
- Smoked Seafood
- Unpasteurized Milk: boil milk before use.
- Soft Cheese: such as brie, camembert, fetta, cottage and ricotta.
- Skip Under-cooked Meat:
- Raw Cookie Dough:
- Fresh Pre-Stuffed Poultry:
- Raw Sprouts: All types of sprouts, such as alfalfa sprouts, broccoli
sprouts, onion sprouts, sunflower sprouts, radish sprouts, snowpea sprouts,
mungbeans and soybeans (raw or cooked) are also best avoided.
check sandwiches to make sure they don’t contain raw sprouts. At home, cook sprouts thoroughly to destroy any bacteria.
- Mercury in fish: Fish is a great food for pregnancy and breastfeeding
mothers but be careful which fish you choose. While some fish contain Omega 3
fatty acid - important for the development of the central nervous system in
babies, before and after they are born - other fish may contain mercury levels
that can affect the development of your baby's nervous system, leading to
delayed speech and movement.
Women who are already pregnant, or planning to become pregnant within the next six months, should avoid fish with high levels of mercury, such as shark, swordfish, orange roughy, gemfish, ling, southern bluefin tuna and barramundi.
- Liver. Although liver is a rich source of iron, it also contains high levels of vitamin A - something which, in excess, can be harmful to a developing baby. Liver should only be consumed in small amounts during pregnancy (a maximum of 50g per week).
- Wash hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water, then dry them, before and after handling food.