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The food and drink to avoid on holiday if you’re pregnant

If you’re something of a foodie, travelling while pregnant can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, a holiday is a holiday. On the other hand, you won’t be able to spend your time roaming the backstreets and sampling all the local delicacies, as you might have done before you got pregnant.

As Dr Vanessa Mackay, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), explains, now is not the time for a culinary-focused vacation.

“There are some foods women should avoid or take care with when pregnant as they might make women ill or harm their baby,” she says. “Avoid eating soft cheese with white rinds, mould-ripened soft goat’s cheese and soft blue-veined cheese unless they have been cooked. Pâté, including vegetable pâté, should also be avoided.”

These are just two examples on what is quite a long list – and perhaps two of the most heartbreaking if you’re going somewhere like France. However, with a bit of forward planning, and maybe some savvy food swaps, there’s no reason why you can’t eat healthily, safely and enjoyably on holiday.


Read the rest of this article at Patient UK

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