The following is a list of common questions we get asked about what foods pregnant women can eat (obviously lots of dads are really worried about making sure their pregnant ladies are well catered for – and so they should :-) ).
- Can pregnant women eat mushrooms?
Yes certain mushrooms are absolutely fine to eat and many have healthy nutrients for pregnant women – more on mushrooms and pregnancy
- What fruits can pregnant women eat?
Almost all fruits and vegetables are good for pregnant women (and plenty of them) – check out the list of foods pregnant women can eat.
- What foods pregnant women should not eat? What foods should pregnant women avoid?
Any food that is not fresh and has been sitting on food counters for a while (e.g. pre-prepared sandwiches), any raw meats and fish and any foods with lots of stimulants (energy drinks, coffee, tea, etc) or alcohol.
- Can pregnant women eat banana? Should pregnant women eat bananas?
Absolutely – bananas are a rich source of Vitamin B and fibre. Check out the list of foods pregnant women can eat.
- Can pregnant women eat lamb?
Yes – as long as it is fresh and cooked well.
- Can pregnant women eat grapefruit?
Yes – grapefruit are a rich source of Vitamin C and fibre. Check out the list of foods pregnant women can eat.
- Can pregnant women eat strawberries
For sure – again another fruit packed with healthy ingredients.
- Can pregnant women eat pineapple? What are the benefits of pineapple for pregnant women?
Woman can eat pineapple during pregnancy no problem – other than the usual benefits of eating fresh fruit (i.e. vitamins) we are not aware of any specific benefits of eating pineapple during pregnancy. Some people mention laxative effects of pineapple (anecdotal information – not research based).
- Asparagus and pregnancy? Can pregnant women eat asparagus?
Yes – asparagus is fine to eat during pregnancy. As a green vegetable it has a lot of minerals and antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory and detoxing properties.
- Are sunflower seeds safe to eat during pregnancy?
Yes as long as they are fresh and have not been sitting in a bag for years.
- Can pregnant women eat chicken?
Yes – like with all meats (and fish) make sure the Chicken is well cooked and fresh. Don’t keep cooked chicken in the fridge for the next day while you’re pregnant (just to be on the safe side).
- Pears during pregnancy? Are there any benefits of eating pears during pregnancy
Absolutely – pears are perfect during pregnancy although we are not aware of any specific advantages for mums-to-be of eating pears.
- Is okra good for pregnant women?
Yes – no problem with Okra. Another good vegetable to eat and add variety to the pregnancy diet.
- Can pregnant women eat almonds?
Yes – almonds are a good source of iron and fibre during pregnancy.
- Can pregnant women eat oysters? Are steamed/fried oysters good for pregnant women?
The most likely answer is “probably” but many agencies recommend not eating raw / uncooked (or partially cooked) seafood. If in doubt skip the oysters while you’re pregnant.
- Oats for pregnant women?
Yes oats are another perfect food for a pregnant diet – great source of iron, energy and fibre.
- Can pregnant women eat mutton?
Yes – as long as it is fresh and cooked well. Check out the list of foods pregnant women can eat.
- Are dried apricots good for pregnant women?
Absolutely – great energy food for pregnant women. Excellent source of fibre and iron.
- Can pregnant women eat veal?
Yes – as with all meats make sure it’s well cooked.
- Are apples good for pregnant women?
An apple a day … also applies to pregnant women. All good to eat.
- Can pregnant women eat cherries?
Yes – cherries are great during pregnancy (especially if they are fresh and in season).
- Can pregnant women eat beef?
Yes – as with all meats make sure it’s well cooked … especially when BBQing. Steak Tartare is off the menu though (as it’s uncooked).
- Is kale good for pregnant women?
Yes –kale is a great vegetable to eat during pregnancy. It has a lot of minerals and antioxidants. Check out the list of foods pregnant women can eat.
- Can pregnant women eat nuts?
Nuts are fine (as long as they are fresh) and of course as long as you don’t have any allergies to it. Some agencies recommend not eating nuts during pregnancy to avoid any allergic reactions once the baby is born but the scientific evidence is inconclusive.
- What nutrients are good for pregnant women?
The basic food pyramid also applies to pregnant women although most agencies recommend an increased intake of fruit and vegetables (vitamins) as well as increased energy intake to help the baby grow.
- Can pregnant women eat steak?
Yes – as with all meats make sure it’s well cooked ... especially when BBQing. Steak Tartare is off the menu though (as it’s uncooked).
- Can pregnant women eat avocado
Absolutely – avocados are one of nature’s super foods. They are high in Omega3 and other rare vegetable fats and vitamins. A great addition to the pregnancy diet.
- Can pregnant women eat peanut butter
Peanut butter is fine during pregnancy as long as you don’t have any allergies to peanuts of course See note about allergies above (can pregnant women eat nuts)
- Can pregnant women eat pomegranate
- Can pregnant women eat pomegranates? Are pomegranate seeds good for pregnant women?
Yes – pomegranates are a great source of vitamins and fibre. We have not come across any restrictions on eating pomegranate seeds during pregnancy.
- Can pregnant women eat walnuts?
Walnuts are fine to eat during pregnancy as long as you don’t have any allergies to nuts. However walnuts should be consumed in moderation (not more than 10 or so at a time) as they can contain traces of cyanide when eaten fresh off the tree.
- Can pregnant women eat eggs?
Yes – cooked eggs are OK to eat for pregnant women. However raw eggs should be avoided (also deserts like Tiramisu which use raw egg) because of the risk of an infection with salmonella.
- Can pregnant women eat hummus? Are chick peas / garbanzo beans good for pregnant women?
Yes –hummus and garbanzo beans / chick peas are a great source of iron for pregnant women.
- Can pregnant women eat spam?
Yes – as long as it’s not past the “best before” date ... why anyone would want to eat spam is another question ?
- Is rice good for pregnant women? Brown rice and pregnant women?
Rice is absolutely find during pregnancy and brown rice is even better (great source of iron). However do not reheat rice (ever) because of a risk of food poisoning.
- Can pregnant women eat liver?
This is a controversial topic and some agencies recommend it while others state that liver is not safe to eat during pregnancy. Probably best to check with your MD, midwife or local health care provider.
- Can pregnant women eat oranges?
Absolutely – great source of Vitamin C and fibre.
- Can pregnant women eat pasta?
Pasta is very safe during pregnancy.
- Can pregnant women eat tomatoes?
Yes – tomatoes are fine to eat during pregnancy and provide a great source of Vitamins and lycopene.
- Can pregnant women eat soy?
Yes as long as it’s fresh.
- Can pregnant women eat pink salmon? Is smoked salmon good during pregnancy?
Yes in moderation and as long as it’s fresh and well cooked. Some agencies recommend avoiding smoked salmon during pregnancy because of potential toxins from the smoking process.
- Can pregnant women eat (Swiss) cheese?
Yes all mature cheeses are safe to eat during pregnancy. Most agencies recommend avoiding blue cheeses and all fresh cheeses that are made from unsterilized milk.
- Should pregnant women eat ice cream?
Ice creams purchased from dairies or parlors should be avoided as the is a risk of Listeria or other bacterias is greater than when eating manufactured / wrapped ice cream.
- Can pregnant women eat tuna?
Tuna in moderation as mercury can be found in it, yet is a good source of vitamins / omegas. A couple of serves a week is fine (if in doubt about mercury levels check with your health care provider).
Please note that our responses are based on USDA food guidelines, research based information from Plunket and our own online research – we are not qualified medical doctors so please double check with your health care provider if you are at all unsure about a certain kind of food.
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