Which Food Choices Are Smartest During Pregnancy?
Do you know which foods are best for you and Baby during pregnancy? Think you’ve got a handle on healthy alternatives for those pregnancy cravings? Test your expertise on preggo-smart foods.
Question 1 of 12
Your stomach is growling for a spicy tuna roll, you ...
Stand on your head, count to 10, and wait for the craving to pass
The March of Dimes recommends skipping raw sushi until after your baby is born. A California roll, made with cooked crab meat, is a good alternative.
|Hit your favorite sushi restaurant and enjoy a tasty California roll|
|Drive to the nearest sushi bar and order one|
|Eat potato chips and mope|
Question 2 of 12
While at a friend's party, you are drawn to the brie on the cheese plate. You ...
|Tell your husband it is time to leave|
Go for it and load up your plate
Soft cheeses are usually made from unpasteurized milk and put you at risk for becoming infected with bacteria known as Listeria. You can sidestep this problem by choosing soft cheeses, such as brie, that are made with pasteurized milk.
|Hide in the other room until there's no more brie left to tempt you|
|Hunt down the hostess and ask if the brie was made with pasteurized milk|
Question 3 of 12
While out to dinner with your husband, you peruse the wine menu and ...
|Choose a delicious-looking cabernet|
Pass on the alcohol, instead ordering a sparkling mineral water with lime
Drinking during pregnancy can cause physical and mental birth defects. Skip the alcohol and order a safe alternative, such as juice, mineral water, milk, or decaf coffee. (Or try a mocktail!)
|Tell your spouse he'd better not drink, it will hurt the baby|
|Decide that a beer would taste better|
Question 4 of 12
Uh, oh. You're stuck in the chip aisle at the grocery store. What should you do?
|Stand with bags of sour cream and onion and cheddar cheese chips, trying to decide which will taste better|
|Stock up on the Pringles!|
Go for a bag of whole wheat pretzels
Potato chips are high in trans fats and oils. Instead try popcorn (air-popped) or whole wheat pretzels (which are high in fiber).
|Grab a collection of snack-sized chips to fit every craving|
Question 5 of 12
You're at the bakery with a friend, and you decide to buy ...
|A couple of cannoli|
|A bag of chocolate chip cookies|
A slice of pumpkin bread
Your best bet for baked goods during pregnancy is to buy a slice (or make your own) of fruit or vegetable bread. You'll be getting more vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
|A piece of chocolate cake|
Question 6 of 12
All you want to eat for lunch is a malted milk shake. The best thing to do is ...
|Get out the milk, malted milk mix, chocolate sauce, and blend one yourself|
Grab a banana, a container of yogurt, and some frozen berries, and mix up a smoothie
Choosing a fruit smoothie over a milk shake will give you the vitamins and minerals inherent in fruit, and less fat and calories.
|Drive over to Dairy Queen!|
|Eat a bag of Whoppers instead|
Question 7 of 12
You find yourself lurking around the vending machines at work, craving candy. You ...
Get a bar of super-dark chocolate
A bar of dark chocolate can actually be a healthy candy choice. A recent report headed by Dr. Mary Engler, PhD, RN, of the University of California, found that eating a 1.6-ounce bar of dark chocolate every day is good for you (due to the amount of flavonoids; the darker the chocolate, the more flavonoids).
|Pick a bag of potato chips|
|Choose a big bag of M&Ms|
|Go for the red licorice|
Question 8 of 12
Should you order the steak tartare or a burger while out to dinner?
|Go for the tartare|
|Get a rare burger with all the fixings|
Opt for the burger, and order it well-done with extra avocado
Eating undercooked meats (rare steak, burgers, pork chops, or anything described as "carpaccio" or "tartare") is a big no-no during pregnancy due to the possibility of Listeria infection. Instead order your meat well-done and you'll enjoy a good helping of protein and iron.
|Go for both; why not, you deserve it!|
Question 9 of 12
While at a holiday party, someone hands you a glass of egg nog. What's the best way to reply?
|Reply thankfully and enjoy the seasonal libation|
Say, "No thanks"
There are more recipes out there for homemade eggnog than you can shake a Yule log at, and many of them call for raw eggs, which carry a high risk of Salmonella infection. While store-bought eggnogs are safer because they use pasteurized eggs, even those are a bad idea at parties, where eggnogs have a tendency to be spiked with alcohol.
|Ask for an extra shot in yours|
|Celebrate the holiday spirit and yell, "bottoms up!"|
Question 10 of 12
A Coke sounds so good right now ...
Resist and pour yourself a sparkling lemonade
Sodas can be high in sugar and caffeine. Diet varieties may also be hiding artificial sweeteners. Skip the soda and choose another bubbly beverage instead, like sparkling juice or lemonade.
|Drink a 7UP instead|
|Try to figure out if you're craving regular or diet|
|Go grab one out of the fridge|
Question 11 of 12
You're making steak for dinner—and craving French fries. What should you do?
|Decide you'll hit the local fast food restaurant on the way home; it will be a treat to have "real" fries|
|Buy frozen fries; they take less time to cook|
|Buy some potatoes so you can make your own fries in your deep-fat fryer|
Buy some sweet potatoes and plan to bake some fries in the oven
Heavy on fat and oils, French fries do little to help you reach your nutritional needs during pregnancy. Slicing up a sweet potato and baking it until crispy can be a tasty substitution (and it is loaded with vitamins and minerals).
Question 12 of 12
While packing your work lunch, what do you reach for to go with a handful of carrots?
|Sour cream and chive dip|
Some homemade dill and yogurt dip
Yogurt and cultured cottage cheese (like Nancy's, found at health food stores) have more calcium and protein, and considerably fewer calories, when compared with low- and non-fat sour cream.
|Candy (for dessert!)|
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