When you are having your first baby and sometimes your second baby you have all these questions. You often ask yourself – Can I …. or Can pregnant women ….? Well, here are all the frequently, common, uncommon and embarrassing questions moms ask themselves or ask Google.
FAQ of Expecting Mamas
Can pregnant women eat shrimp?
Yes, shrimp is okay to eat. It is recommended that you cook it throughly.
The seafood you should avoid are foods that are high in mercury, which doesn’t include shrimp. Shrimp are a good source of protein along with low fat content, making them great for pregnant women. You can eat up to 3 times a week.
Can pregnant women drink wine?
Experts recommend that you no alcohol when you’re pregnant and trying to conceive. This recommendation comes from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as other public health officials in the United States.
The reason that alcohol is not considered safe during pregnancy is because of the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome. These conditions range from mild to severe and include speech and language delays, learning disabilities, abnormal facial features, small head size, and many other problems.
A British study found women who drank up to one to two alcoholic drinks per week or per occasion while pregnant were not at an increased risk of behavioral or cognitive problems, but it’s possible that developmental problems linked to maternal drinking could emerge later in childhood.
We would rather play it safe on this one and just say no for 9 months. This will be the beginning of many compromises as a parent.
Can pregnant women drink coffee?
For the coffee drinking mamas, you will be excited to know you can drink coffee while pregnant. According to American Journal of Epidemiology study, there was no evidence that a moderate amount of caffeine during pregnancy has a negative effect on children’s cognition or behavior.
What’s an moderate amount? According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists the moderate amount of caffeine consumption — defined as less than 200 milligrams per day. This is equaled to about one or two cups of coffee.
Can pregnant women take Tylenol (acetaminophen)?
If you haven’t visited your doctor yet then you should have received a list of over the counter medications that are safe to take during pregnancy.
Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in Tylenol and many other pain medicines. It’s often one of the only pain relievers doctors recommend to pregnant women for pain or fever. Follow the dosage on the bottle for Tylenol and you’ll be okay. Check out the list of safe medications you can take during pregnancy.
Can pregnant women eat sushi?
Sushi is okay to eat, however there is one caveat. No to sushi if it’s made with raw fish and avoid eating food with high mercury levels. Eating raw or undercooked fish or shellfish could result in an illness severe enough to cause a blood infection that could be life-threatening for you and your baby.
Sushi With Higher Levels Of Mercury To Avoid While Pregnant
- Ahi (yellowfin tuna)
- Aji (horse mackerel)
- Buri (adult yellowtail)
- Hamachi (young yellowtail)
- Inada (very young yellowtail)
- Kanpachi (very young yellowtail)
- Katsuo (bonito)
- Kajiki (swordfish)
- Maguro (bigeye, bluefin or yellowfin tuna)
- Makjiki (blue marlin)
- Meji (young bigeye, bluefin or yellowfin tuna)
- Saba (mackerel)
- Sawara (spanish mackerel)
- Shiro (albacore tuna)
- Seigo (young sea bass)
- Suzuki (sea bass)
- Toro (bigeye, bluefin or yellowfin tuna)
Another question asked along these lines – Can pregnant women eat tuna? According to the FDA, you can eat up to 12 ounces a week of canned light tuna and other low-mercury fish and 6 ounces of fresh or canned albacore (white) tuna since they have more mercury than light tuna.
Can pregnant women take a bath?
Baths are safe, it’s the water temperature you should worry about. Raising your body temperature too high by soaking in a hot tub is dangerous for your baby-to-be. For this reason, hot tubs saunas and jacuzzis should be avoided during pregnancy.
Baths are relaxing and you can help relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy, especially with Epsom salts.
Disclaimer: The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker.
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Wife and mother of twins. Founder of Pride & Joy Baby Planners and The Expecting Mamas Network.