Off Limits? Test Your Pregnancy Knowledge
Which is worse for you during pregnancy, caffeine or artificial sweeteners? And can you eat deli meat when expecting? Test your knowledge of out what’s really off limits … and what’s OK (in moderation).
Question 1 of 10
Can I have a cup of coffee if I'm pregnant?
|Yes, you can have four to six cups of coffee a day while expecting|
Yes, you can have two, eight-ounce cups a day
Caffeine is OK in small quantities during your pregnancy. The March of Dimes recommends no more than two, 8-ounce cups per day (or opt for decaf).
|Yes, it is safe to drink coffee, as long as it is decaffeinated|
|No, under no circumstances should you have that cup of joe|
Question 2 of 10
Which of the following artificial sweeteners isn't safe to consume during pregnancy?
Saccharin (Sweet 'N Low)
Doctors deem sucralose and aspartame safe during pregnancy, but avoid saccharin: The March of Dimes considers saccharin to be safe for women who are not pregnant, however research has shown that saccharin crosses the placenta and can linger in fetal tissue.
|You shouldn't have any artificial sweeteners during pregnancy|
|Aspartame (Equal and NutraSweet)|
Question 3 of 10
Which of the following fish are safe to eat while you're pregnant?
none of the above
Swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tile fish all can contain potentially risky levels of mercury. Mercury can be transferred to the growing fetus and cause serious health problems, so this list of fish is best avoided completely.
Question 4 of 10
Can I eat lunch meat while pregnant?
|Turkey is the only lunch meat that's safe during pregnancy|
|You can eat lunch meat only on weekends|
You can eat lunch meat while pregnant, but heat it to steaming first
According to the March of Dimes you can enjoy hot dogs or luncheon meats (such as ham, turkey, salami, and bologna) but first heat them until steaming hot.
|Nope, due to listeria concerns, this food item is totally off limits|
Question 5 of 10
Is it really true that I shouldn't drink alcohol during pregnancy (even in in the third trimester)?
|No, doctors now say that they were wrong about not drinking during pregnancy and that it's perfectly safe|
|You can drink alcohol during pregnancy, but only a glass of wine once a trimester|
|You can drink, but only with other pregnant women|
You should really avoid alcohol throughout your pregnancy. Tests confirm that drinking can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, a serious but preventable birth defect
Alcohol should be completely avoided during pregnancy. If you've had a drink before knowing you were pregnant, you should be fine. However, as soon as you get the good news, cease all consumption of alcohol. (Alcohol can cause problems for your developing baby, such as fetal alcohol syndrome.)
Question 6 of 10
Can I drink a cup of tea?
|Yes, as long as it is an herbal tea|
Yes, but avoid herbal teas
The March of Dimes discourages pregnant women from drinking herbal teas because while some herbal ingredients have undergone extensive testing, the safety and effectiveness of many herbal supplements have not been demonstrated.
|Yes, as long as it is really hot|
|No, you shouldn't have any tea at all|
Question 7 of 10
Can I indulge in soft cheeses, like brie, once in awhile?
|You should avoid all soft cheese during pregnancy|
|No, no brie for you or Baby!|
You can indulge in brie as long as the package expresses that it is made from pasteurized milk
You can enjoy eating soft cheeses made with pasteurized milk during pregnancy, including brie (the March of Dimes suggests checking the label to see what kind of milk was used to make the cheese).
|If you heat it first, you can have brie during pregnancy|
Question 8 of 10
Can I have pâté ?
|You should pass on all meat spreads (besides, do you really want pâté?)|
|No, you cannot|
|Keep away from all meat products during pregnancy|
Yes, you can have pâté , just make sure that it has been refrigerated (and the canned variety is a safer choice)
If you're craving pâté or other meat spreads, the March of Dimes says it is fine to indulge. Just be sure to refrigerate them, and use caution. (Canned varieties are best.)
Question 9 of 10
I'm really craving sushi. Can I have some while I'm pregnant?
No, raw fish isn't safe to eat during pregnancy
Unfortunately, sushi is not considered safe during pregnancy.
|Sure, go ahead!|
|Yes, you can have sushi, but you must pour a lot of soy sauce on it first|
|If you eat sushi with lots of wasabi, it is safe during pregnancy|
Question 10 of 10
Can I have unpasteurized juice while I'm pregnant?
|Yes, but only if you mix it with sparkling mineral water|
|Yes, it is perfectly safe to have unpasteurized juice during pregnancy|
|If it is frozen into a popsicle, unpasteurized juice is safe to eat|
No, unpasteurized foods of any kind during pregnancy are considered unsafe
The March of Dimes lists unpasteurized juices as a definite no-no during pregnancy. Your best choice is to pick from pasteurized varieties.
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