FOOD MYTHS DEBUNKED
WHAT’S THE TRUTH ABOUT PREGNANCY AND WEANING
Now, it’s important to note that these are my thoughts, research and experiences. I’m not a doctor so any concerns, then seek professional advice.
The reason that I wanted to write this was OMG, the overwhelming info out there and the people (strangers, friends and family - you know who you are) that can’t help but giving you advice on everything you NEED to know can be crazy. The worst part is it’s often confusing and conflicting to boot. Not. Helpful.
So, here are my top myths that I wanted to debunk!
NO SEAFOOD OR SUSHI
I’ve seen all sorts of extremes with this. This is around risk. This is about the potential of raw seafood, food poisoning and contamination. These are all valid but if you are eating in a high quality restaurant, you’ve cooked it and you’ve limited your intake, then the risk in generally minimal. One site that I got sent that I used was A Mothers Place which I highly recommend
IF ITS FROZEN IT’S SAFE
Freezing won’t always kill bacteria, it just puts it into hibernation. Cooking food above 60 degrees C will kill bacteria.
CAFFEINE CAUSES MISCARRIAGES
We are talking quantity here. During the early stages of pregnancy, caffeine can be something that you want to avoid. Limiting your intake is recommended and substituting for decaf isn’t ideal as it still contains caffeine. It’s not just coffee, tea also has caffeine. Check with your doctor before swearing off the bean.
BABIES MUST BE 6 MONTHS+ BEFORE TOUCHING SOLIDS
You can introduce solids from 4 months (again, check for your baby, they are all different) if you keep it simple and stick with the right amounts. Make sure you introduce single vegetables, one at a time and wait a few days before introducing new ones.
YOU’VE GOT TO START WEANING BABIES WITH CEREALS AND SWEET FOOD
I started our little girl on vegetables and avoided the processed, packaged food. It’s not about suffering through it either. There are many companies that sell organic baby food that is purely what it says. Being a working mum and having a young baby, I made the call not to make everything myself but find someone that aligns with my values and principals - and I love it. Most importantly, so does my daughter!