Eating Outside Food During Pregnancy: Dos and Dont’s

Eating out during pregnancy

Ensuring that you eat home cooked meals each day is not easy, especially when we are on the move. There will be days when you will eat out which is fine as long as you pay more attention to what you are eating and the hygiene standards maintained when preparing them.

Do’s of eating out

  1. Do not miss meals. Always eat at periodic levels to keep your energy levels up.
  2. Eat salads, pates and terrines in places where you are sure of the preparation hygiene standards.
  3. Have well cooked seafood or cooked fish.
  4. If wanting to eat dessert choose crème brulee or caramel custard as they have cooked eggs as ingredients.
  5. Ensure you have lot of water to avoid dehydration.

Don’ts of eating out

  1. Don’t eat too much
  2. Avoid water/ curd used in street food for they might be contaminated. Be extra careful in the summers and monsoons.
  3. Do not have raw fruits, vegetables and salads at places where you cannot be sure of how hygienically they have been prepared.
  4. Avoid raw egg containing sauces, mayonnaise and deserts. Check ingredients if you are not sure.
  5. Avoid caffeinated drinks.
  6. Avoid food which have MSG (ajinomoto) added like packaged food, some fast food and Chinese food.
  7. Avoid raw or uncooked fish if it is not fresh.
  8. Avoid mould-ripened or blue-veined cheese.
  9. Avoid spicy or very fatty foods. Then can aggravate your acidity or heartburn.
  10. Avoid ice is you are unsure of the quality of water used to make it.

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