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Guidance for How to Keep You and Your Baby Healthy During Pregnancy

Recommendations for what to eat and what to avoid

You know that old joke about pregnant women eating for two? As it turns out, there’s a lot of other things that you’ll need to do for two, too – like keeping yourself free from sickness, and offering your child the best shot at living safe and illness-free. So let’s start with the “tough” stuff first – what you can and cannot eat.

Food preparation and consumption

The Food & Drug Administration offers a complete list of safe and acceptable foods on their website, but we’ll go through the basics for you here.

Preparing your meals

  • Raw fruits and vegetables should be washed and peeled before eating
  • Cutting boards used for raw meat should be washed with hot soap and water. Place plastic cutting boards in dishwasher.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after handling any type of meat

Cooking your meals

  • Cook all seafood to 145 degrees F
  • Cook eggs and meats to 160 degrees F
  • Hot dogs, deli and luncheon meats should be hot enough to see steam before eating

No longer a part of your meals

Yes, you can still have cakes and cookies when the urge overcomes you (though not too many, lest you put yourself at risk of gestational diabetes). Just remember: when it doubt, throw it out.

Recommended vaccines in pregnancy

Some vaccines are recommended for all pregnant women, while others are recommended only for women who are at risk.1 The decision regarding any vaccine that you receive during your pregnancy is ultimately between you and your doctor.

Day to day activities to avoid

You should try to keep yourself free from disease and infection while you are pregnant as best you can. There are certain things you should try to avoid when you can, because they’ll put your baby at risk.

There will be times when you simply cannot avoid some of these activities, we know. Just make sure to always wash your hands and change any clothes that come in contact with unsafe hazards. It’s okay if you touch some raw chicken to put it in a pan to cook; just make sure you don’t touch the handle of that pan, and that you wash your hands immediately before touching anything else.

If you still feel unsure or anxious, do yourself a favor: get a box of disposable gloves and face masks to help protect yourself.

More in-depth information here:

A Quick Guide to Pregnancy Week by WeekDealing with Preterm Labor
Changes in Your Body During PregnancyInduction of Labor
Finding Out Your Due DateGenetic Testing and Screening
Keeping Yourself and Your Baby HealthyMonitoring Fetal Movement During Your Pregnancy
The First Prenatal VisitWhat Does the EFM do?
What You Should Know About Morning SicknessThe Benefits of Folic Acid

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  1. Bridges, C, Woods, L., & Coyne-Beasley, T. (2013). Advisory committee on immunization practices (ACIP) recommended immunization schedule adults aged 19 years and older – United States, 2013.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from