The struggle is real for pregnancy cravings. Sweets, carbs and meats are what pregnant women want most (in that order). But what happens when you’re starving for sashimi or begging for Brie? Here’s how to cope with common off-limit cravings:
Hams off the deli meat. It’s prone to bacteria—A.K.A. listeria. Eating it isn’t a big deal for most people, but pregnant women have weaker immune systems. It can cause parasites resulting in birth complications.
· When You Wanna’ Hold Your Ham: If walking past the deli department at Albertson’s proves challenging, try it toasted. Make sure your lunchmeat has been heated to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Like deli meat, many imported, soft cheeses run the risk of listeria. And if giving up goat cheese wasn’t hard enough, one of those forbidden fromages is a key ingredient in Mexican cheese dip—queso blanco.
· In Queso Emergency: Make your own gooey goodness to satisfy your craving safely. Use this healthy recipe that subs queso blanco with aged cheddar. Bonus for baby mammas: cheese contains calcium, a key nutrient for building and maintaining strong teeth and bones.
That Second Cup of Coffee
You like big cups and you cannot lie. But with a 200 mg per day caffeine limit, your intake has sadly shrunk.
· Brewtiful Way to Java Good Day: Trick your brain. Fill half of your cup with caffeinated coffee and the other half with decaf. That way you can still feel like you’re getting the usual 2-cup fix.
Here’s to a happy, healthy and hunger-free pregnancy!