Food Safety During Pregnancy

Well today’s my due date!  Which means this will likely be the last pregnancy post.  Don’t worry I’ll still give you information on pre- and post-natal nutrition and throw in some baby nutrition information as well in the future!

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Today I want to talk about Food Safety during Pregnancy.  Pregnant women are more susceptible to illness because their immune systems are weakened.  These are the foods pregnant women are advised to avoid eating:

In addition to avoiding these mentioned foods, you want to make sure you are handling food safely.

The FDA has great information on their website, and I will summarize the main points here.

  1. Clean: Wash your hands often.  Keep kitchen utensils and supplies clean at all times.  Wash your fruits and vegetables.
  2. Separate: Always keep raw food separate from cooked food.  Use a separate cutting board and plates for anything with cooked food versus raw food.
  3. Cook: Cook foods to their proper temperature.  Keep foods out of the danger temperature zone of 40-140 degrees F and throw away any food that has been left out for 2 hours or more!
  4. Chill: Keep your refrigerator at 40 degrees F or below and your freezer at 0 degrees F.  Follow use by dates on packaging, and consume leftovers in a couple days.

My Pregnancy Summary

Overall I have had a great pregnancy, but it’s not over yet!  I know a lot of women have trouble late in their pregnancy due to swelling, back pain, lack of sleep, having to use the bathroom all of the time, and other complains.  But I really haven’t experienced these problems!  I have no swelling, I sleep 7-8 hours each night and use the bathroom maybe one time.  I have had some days where I’m very tired, but that I can handle!

My doctor instructed me to be as active as possible to try to get the baby moving, so I’m following her orders 🙂  Yesterday I walked a total of 6 miles and the day before 5 miles.  I just put on my sneakers and go!  I gave up wearing cute shoes for walking a couple months ago, and only wear sneakers because comfort is definitely the most important thing at this point.  At the end of the day my bones ache (they’re stretching!), but the doctor said that’s normal.  I’m also keeping up with my prenatal yoga (1-2 times/week), which I believe has helped me avoid back pain during my pregnancy.   And I’m still doing some light weights at this point, but much less than I was previously doing.

My husband and I are ready for this baby to come and hope she shows her face soon so that I can avoid being induced!  As much as I have enjoyed my pregnancy, I’m ready for the next phase…to meet her!

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6 Responses

  1. So exciting, Eve! 🙂

  2. Good luck! I can’t wait to hear about your little one 🙂

  3. Good luck! I’m so excited to meet her too!

  4. Wow! Good luck and have a safe delivery.

  5. oh good luck! i look forward to hearing how her arrival goes.

    question- do you use a prenatal yoga dvd or do you go to a class? im on the hunt for a dvd if you have any suggestions!

    thanks! and best wishes!

  6. Good luck!!

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