What advice would you give to a new mother?

I’m newly pregnant and it has come to a complete surprise. My first pregnancy and would really just like some advice on foods to stay away from and foods that are very beneficial! I’d mostly just love a list of foods to stay clear of. Or just any activities in general. When searching, I discovered you should even stay clear of taking very hot baths, which I was completely unaware of. Any and all advice is great. Thank you!


Can’t eat deli meat or hot dogs

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No pate, can eat certain fish but on a limited amount, no sea food, eggs have to be cooked through unless they are lion stamped, fully cooked meat no medium rare. If you check the NHS website (if UK) it will give you a full list of to do and not to do with food, congratulations and take your vitamins!

I found this book really helpful. It made me feel like I was doing something “right” even in the very beginning. Good luck.

Keep active. That was my worst mistake

Eat your cravings except for the things you absolutely cannot have (raw fish, etc)! That’s my advice lol.


Stay away from kitty litter


Don’t excessively worry about what to do/not do. I did that and I put my body under so much stress I had to be put on bed rest at only 13 weeks (for 4 weeks) be watchful but don’t obsess over what you think is safe/not safe


You cannot come into contact with cat poo or kitty litter,



No sushi
No undercooked meat/eggs
No hot dogs or cured meats
No deli meat unless you heat it in the microwave to steaming before eating.
Only pasteurized cheeses.

Try to eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and drink milk. But also indulge your cravings!! :blush:

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Your meat needs to be fully cooked. That one killed me because I lovvveeee steak done medium rare.


Ask your obgyn about specific foods to avoid. You will get many crazy answers on here. You can definitely eat hot dogs just cook them. You can eat lunch meat, you’re supposed to heat it to kill any bacteria. I’ve never done that I just ate it cold I’ve had three children :woman_shrugging:t2: you can eat fish and seafood like shrimp and crab just make sure it is fully cooked. No raw fish and there is a list of some fish to avoid. Also ask for a list of safe meds. Nothing other than Tylenol in the first trimester. You can enjoy a warm bath just not so hot that you are overheated and sweating. Rest when you can and try not to stress so much!! Download a pregnancy app it will help tremendously! I’ve always used ovia it’s great info everyday and there’s a chat room with other moms for anonymous questions. Good luck and congratulations!


A little bit of caffeine here and there won’t kill you, or your baby. I’m a hardcore caffeine addict, not coffee but like Diet Coke/Dr Pepper and I made myself absolutely ill with headaches from not drinking any soda my first pregnancy. My second pregnancy I was little iffy about drinking soda still so I did greatly cut back and my baby was born just fine. My third pregnancy I drank probably two to three cans of Diet Coke a day and what do you know, my baby is just perfect. Like I said, don’t go nuts with it, but don’t be afraid of a soda.

No raw fish or soft cheeses and no cleaning the kitty litter.


Big NO to hot baths love

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Try to stay away from things that give you heartburn


No pregnancy advice…that part sucks. But when it comes to babies, best piece of advice I ever got was…when baby is crying and you’ve done everything you can think of and nothing is working, put him in water (bath/pool) or take him outside. For me, this has worked approximately 95% of the time. :grin:


Download a app that’s free, I use one and it tells me what medicine are safe and foods as well! It helps keep track of how many weeks and gives really helpful tips on everything! I’ve used it for all three of my pregnancy and love it! But everything above is helpful as well!

Get a list from your Dr. Recommendations literally change all the time. My kids are 17 mos apart. There’s foods I was told not to eat with her that were allowed with him & vise versa. Really weird how much difference those 9 mos made.


Your OBGYN should give you a packet/ folder with a ton of info in it. It will have everything from safe/ unsafe OTC medications, food choices and what to expect at what stage of your pregnancy. I can tell you that recommendations change frequently… my 3 kiddos are 3.5 year apart and the booklets they give you has some changes. Don’t stress about food especially with food aversions in your future. Take your prenatals and ask your OB all the silly questions that’s what they are there for