[QUOTE=BriansGirl]Hi everyone, the newby here.
I was wondering about the things you can and can not eat while pregnant...i know most of them differ depending on who your dr is and what they say and ppl's personal experiences...but i was wondering if drinking things like Gatorade Propel was okay? What about other flavored waters?
I personally wouldn't drink/eat anything with artifical sweetners in it (or sugar, either, but if you can't do that at least don't use artifical sweetners)--just plain water is best, or add a squeeze of lemon if you like it that way.
Is drinking too much milk a bad thing? I already drink about a gallon a week (i'm not exaggerating either lol), i can cut it down i just currently drink at least 2 glasses with every meal, or one really huge one.
Do you drink organic milk? Raw milk is much better than even organic milk, but if you can't get it or don't feel comfortable with it, at least do organic, preferably non-homogenized.
I know you are not supposed to eat undercooked meats and eggs...which the eggs part is totally fine with me, my egg whites for fried eggs always have to be cooked all of the way and my scrambled eggs can't be runny either...but what constitutes undercooked.
IMO as long as the eggs are free range/natural they are fine under cooked.
Is eating steak that is medium rare, undercooked? Where is the cut off point, will all of my steak have to be well-done while i am pregnant? Or would medium or medium-well be alright?
I ate medium steak all through my pregnancy...again it would be best if the meat is natural as if the animals are healthy and not laden with antibiotics/growth hormones they are much less likely to carry diseases.
What about shellfish like shrimp? Some sites say a certain amount per week is okay but my sil's dr told her none what-so-ever while she was pregnant. What about eating clam chowder?
The reason for limits on shellfish and things like tuna is because they can be full of toxins. It's basically up to your comfort level. I ate tuna a couple of times and then decided any amount of mercury was too much, and haven't eaten it since. I did eat shellfish once or twice.
Oh, what about teas? If they don't say de-caffeinated on the box or caffeine-free, how do you know? I love hot and iced teas but am worried about the caffeine in them. Here are ones i drink the most, if anyone might know if they are okay or not, Plantation Mint, Honey Lemon Green Tea and regulat Lipton Iced tea.
ow much caffeinated tea do you drink a day? A litle is probably okay, although you might think about switching to herbal teas that don't actually have any tea in them, which would definitely be caffeine free.
Basically it all depends on your comfort level with various foods.
Congratulations on your pregnancy