Everything on this cheese platter can be eaten when pregnant!
Once you fall pregnant, there is no denying that your life will change dramatically - especially if your idea of a fun Friday night includes a grazing plate and a couple of g & t’s with the girls. But what if we told you that you could both be pregnant and continue this beloved Friday night ritual?
One of the best pieces of advice we at Babybee HQ has received is “don’t stop it - swap it!”. If you are wanting to steer clear of those no-go pregnancy foods whilst still enjoying all of the foods and drinks your pre-pregnant self enjoyed than this is for you!
Here are our top ten awesome alternatives for foods and drinks you can't consume when pregnant.
Who doesn’t love a good cheese platter? But once bub is in the bun, all of your favourite soft cheeses are a big no-no. Lucky for you, the vegan movement has meant an enormous array of plant-based cheeses (or sheeses) are now readily available from supermarkets and health food stores that taste scarily similar to the real deal. Our resident vegan recommends checking out the dilectio brand which includes blue cheese (with real blue veins to boot!), creamy camembert, and chevre which is all 100% dairy-free, Australian made & owned.
Bring back the sardines
If your only experience with sardines has been that of the tinned variety (was it just me who was forced to eat them straight from the tin onto toast with tomato sauce?), then its time to make some new memories. Whilst fish is ok to consume whilst pregnant, experts suggest significantly reducing your intake of certain fish (ie tuna), and avoiding some fish altogether (such as swordfish and king mackerel), due to the high amounts of mercury that may be present. Sardines are the perfect fish to consume whilst pregnant as they contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and protein with minimal mercury present. Not only do sardines pack a powerful nutritional punch, but are incredibly versatile and easy to prepare! Gourmet Traveller has a wonderful list of sardine recipes (including this delicious sardines wrapped in vine-leaves with brown rice and pine nuts recipe).
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