1. Yu-Sheng and Sashimi
This tops my list of food that pregnant mums should avoid. Raw fish may contain germs which cause food poisoning. Your immune system is weaker in pregnancy and may make you prone to infection. Salmonella and listeria infections cause diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. In severe cases, it may result in miscarriage. So, moms should stay clear. If you had eaten accidentally in midst of CNY celebrations, take some probiotics which contain healthy Lacto-bacillus to protect your gut health.
It is our Chinese tradition to gather our family for steamboat at reunion dinner. Steamboat is safe but be beware of germ contamination. Separate the utensils for raw and cooked food to avoid food poisoning. Do not practise dipping your own chopsticks into the soup base as Hepatitis B and C can be transmitted by cross-contamination. Covid-19 virus can also be transmitted if no proper hygiene and sanitisation is practised. Stay safe.
3. Pineapple tarts
Pineapple tarts are a must-eat for many to “Huat” in the new year. Unfortunately, the pastry is rich in sugars and butter. Each pineapple is worth a whooping 100 calories and will need 15 minutes of walking to burn it off. Excessive consumption may cause heartburn and indigestion. So, eat modestly. Risk of miscarriage is probably a myth as it is not supported by scientific studies.
4. Mandarin oranges
Again, mandarin oranges are auspicious during CNY and many eat for good fortune. However, it is acidic and each orange contains 50 calories. Do eat cautiously especially for gestational diabetic (GD) mothers as you will need to keep to a daily caloric intake of 1800 calories.
5. Soft drinks and champagnes
Soda orange and champagnes are favourites as CNY beverages. Remember, each bottle (500mls) of soda orange would cost you 150 calories. GD mothers need to avoid these fizzy drinks. Alcohol should also be avoided in pregnancy as it may affect your baby’s growth and development. So, go ahead to toast but skip the champagne.
Have a blessed year of Ox with healthy pregnancy and awesome delivery of golden baby oxen!