Can I eat Mushrooms When Pregnant? 

When a woman becomes pregnant for the very first time, there are many questions that run through her mind as to what she can and cannot eat and drink while pregnant. She wants to make sure that she is getting the proper nutrition for a healthy baby. There are so many different things that she can and cannot eat and drink that it would be impossible to list them all. One thing that every pregnant woman should make sure she does is to include a variety of vegetables and fruits everyday. One good vegetable to eat would be mushrooms, especially the morel mushrooms.

This is the type of mushroom you can forage for in the wild but make sure that you get them really clean if you do go mushroom hunting. You can also find them in your local grocery store. This type of mushroom in particular will give you a variety of nutrients that you and your growing baby needs.

Nutrients from Morel Mushrooms

  • Niacin-by just eating one cup of this mushroom will give you one point five milligram of niacin. When you are pregnant you should make sure that you are getting at least eighteen milligrams a day. Other foods that are high in niacin, that would taste good with mushrooms, include tuna, salmon, and beef liver. Both of you need niacin to help with digestion, healthy skin, and nerves. It has even been suggested that if you get the right amount of niacin a day it could help to prevent stretch marks.
  • Riboflavin-one serving of mushrooms will give you point one milligrams and you should make sure you are getting one point four milligrams a day to help promote good eyesight for both of you. In addition, the baby relies on the riboflavin found in morel mushrooms to help develop their bones, nerves, and muscles.
  • Cooper-by eating just one cup of morel mushrooms you are getting point four milligrams of copper, which is about half of what you need to eat each day to help manufacture your red blood cells. This is important because the volume of blood increases during pregnancy. This mineral will also help to promote the growth of your baby's heart, skeleton, and blood vessels.

You do need to make sure that you know what you are doing when you are looking for wild morel mushrooms so you do not get the false ones, which are poisonous and can cause harm to both you and the baby.

In regards to what a pregnant woman can and cannot drink while pregnant, especially around the Christmas holidays, many want to know "can pregnant women drink eggnog?" The answer to that question is yes as long as the eggnog has been pasteurized. If it is homemade, it needs to be made with a cooked egg base. Do not be afraid to ask before you drink any eggnog because you can get bacteria from drinking or eating anything with raw eggs.

Bacteria From raw Eggs

Consuming anything with raw eggs in it can give a bacterial infection called salmonella poisoning. This is a strain of bacteria that can live in the intestinal tracts of animals and humans and a source of food poisoning. Most of the time food poisoning is not serious but if you are pregnant, it can be. When you get this type of food poisoning you will usually get diarrhea, which can cause severe dehydration. If it gets into your blood stream it can lead to complications that is life threatening.