BABY SHOWER - FOODS TO AVOID
Shower Safety - Food at Baby Shower for Mommy-to-Be
Baby Shower food can be wonderful and fun to create and make. We did
feel it is important to list what the American Pregnancy Association
states pregnant Moms should stay away from which is important to take
into consideration as food is being laid out at the baby shower. We
strongly suggest any pregnant mom to speak with their doctor in going
over the foods. Below we have listed the most common reported from the
APA and a few other sources:
1. Deli Meats: Deli meats have been
known to be contaminated with Listeria, which can cause miscarriage. If
the mommy to be is going to eat these meats, it is important to reheat
the meats until they are steaming. Hot dogs should also be avoided due
2. Any Sea Food: The ones listed by
the American Pregnancy Association specifically are:
- Fish (with Mercury): Fish can contain
high levels of mercury and should be avoided. Eating fish during
pregnancy when having higher levels of Mercury have been linked to
- Smoked Seafood (or Smoked Foods in
General) -These foods may also contain Listeria Even though the
American Pregnancy Association states canned or shelf-safe smoked
seafood is usually OK to eat, we take the conservative approach to
not eat these foods as it is only for 9 months.
- Raw Shellfish: Many food illness is
caused by under cooked shellfish which includes foods like oysters,
clams, and mussels. Any raw fish should definitely be avoided due to
3. Raw Eggs: Raw eggs or foods
containing raw eggs should be avoided due to salmonella. Some common
dressings and sauces such a Caesar, mayonnaise, custards, and
Hollandaise sauces are potential made with raw eggs and should not be
eaten by pregnant moms.
4. Soft Cheeses: The soft cheeses
are known to have Listeria, which can cause miscarriage as stated above.
These cheeses include Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, Feta, Gorgonzola and
Mexican style cheeses that include queso blanco and queso fresco.
5. Unpasteurized Milk: Unpasteurized
milk may have Listeria, which can cause miscarriage as stated above.
6. Pate: This meat spread should not
be eaten by pregnant moms since it is possible to contain the bacteria -
7. Caffeine: Although a little
caffeine in moderation may be okay during pregnancy, there are studies
that still see a correlation with caffeine and miscarriages, premature
birth weight, premature birth, low birth weight and withdrawal symptoms
in infants. AS the APA states, caffeine is to be avoided, especially
during the first trimester to reduce the likelihood of a miscarriage. As
a general rule, caffeine should be limited to fewer than 300 mg per day
during pregnancy. If having caffeine, it is important that you are
drinking plenty of water, juice, and milk rather than caffeinated
beverages since it is a diuretic . The most conservative approach is to
not take any caffeine during pregnancy.
8. Alcohol: This is one of the most
important rules and should NEVER be used during pregnancy. Alcohol has
been directly linked to impede in healthy development of the newborn.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) can be caused by consumption. Even during
breastfeeding no alcohol should be taken due to the detrimental effects
on your little one.
9. Unwashed Vegetables: Of course
vegetables are fine and great to eat, but make sure you wash them well
since there is always the potential exposure to Toxoplasmosis which is a
contaminant that may have been in the soil.
Sweeteners: Recently some studies have shown that sweeteners
such as Aspartame, Saccharine can cause cancer in lab animals although
they have not found this in humans (not worth testing as a pregnant
11. Foods that Spoil Quickly: Watch
out for food that has been sitting out for awhile. Spoiled food may have
bacteria formed on it when sitting out for some time (even in less than
one hour spoiling can start). Just be safe when eating food that has
been out for some time.
Again, the most important thing is to speak with your doctor in making
sure you check with what a pregnant mom is placing in her body to be
safe and sound. It is nice to give this to the mommy to be if she is
open to information, after reading this and at the baby shower.