Foods to Eat and Not to Eat During Pregnancy


If you’re pregnant, you should pay special attention to the food you eat. Since you’re eating for both you and your baby, you need to be aware of the best foods to take and not to take to ensure optimum health for you and your baby.


Safe Foods to Eat

  1. Lentils and Dried Beans

Every pregnant woman needs an extra 10 grams of protein a day—lentils and beans are an excellent source with about 15 grams a cup. Plus, they are high in fibre, which helps combat constipation.

  1. Broccoli

It’s not only rich in nutrients significant for healthy pregnancy—such as folate and calcium—but broccoli is rich in fibre and disease-fighting antioxidants as well. And since this green veggie contains plenty of Vitamin C, it also helps in the absorption iron in the body.

  1. Bananas

This mighty fruit is rich in potassium and provides quick energy to ward off pregnancy fatigue. Cut them up and mix into cereals or whip them into a refreshing smoothie with berries, yogurt, crashed ice, and a cup of orange juice.

  1. Lean Meat

Since your iron needs double when pregnant, it’s important to include iron-rich food in your daily diet. Lack of iron will more likely make you feel easily tired. Lean meats provides a form of iron that is easily absorbed by the body.

Unsafe Foods to Eat

  1. Soft Cheese

Soft cheeses like goat cheese, blue cheese, feta cheese, and Mexican queso are usually made with unpasteurized milk. There’s a chance that these cheese may contain listeria, which can cause infection that can lead to miscarriage or premature birth.


  1. Herbal Teas

Some herbs have medicinal effects like drugs, which is why doctors advise to steer clear of certain herbal varieties. Although the amount of herb used in most teas isn’t believed to be strong enough to cause pregnancy problems, there’s still no way of knowing how potent they are.

  1. High-Mercury Fish

King mackerel may be a good source of omega-3, but it’s also high in mercury—same thing with tilefish, swordfish, grouper, saltwater bass, and canned white albacore tuna. For healthier dose of omega-3, have it from safer sources such as tilapia, salmon, and shrimps instead.

  1. Spicy Foods

Spicy foods are a staple to Singaporean dining, but the safety of these foods for pregnant women isn’t guaranteed. Going crazy over a bowl of laksa can cause heartburn, something you’re prone to when pregnant. While this doesn’t harm the baby, it can feel awful for you.

These are just some of the many safe and unsafe foods to eat during pregnancy. Always remember that since you are taking care of two bodies at once, choosing the right foods is imperative in making sure that your baby’s and your health is in their best condition.