In this video, midwife Denise Linay explains the trimesters during pregnancy.
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Wendy Turner-Webster: Although most women who are expecting a child read pregnancy text books avidly, there are still all sorts of questions and anxieties they have about what they should and shouldn't do when pregnant. With me in the studio from the Royal College of Midwives is Denise Linay to answer questions on some of the do's and don't's. Welcome Denise. Denise Linay: Hello! Wendy Turner-Webster: Now I've got a whole list of questions here for you which I am sure you're extremely familiar with, but if I can I am going to start with one of the major topics which is diet and food. Denise Linay: Okay! Wendy Turner-Webster: What should and shouldn't we eat while pregnant? Denise Linay: Well, what we should eat while pregnant is a well balanced diet. But the utmost concern to women is what we shouldn't eat when pregnant. Wendy Turner-Webster: So what are some of the real no-noes? Denise Linay: Well, things like soft cheeses like Brie and Camembert. Things like stilton where listeria could be a problem and raw eggs where salmonella could be an issue. So things like mayonnaise, that's been made from raw eggs, custard that's been made from raw eggs, that type of thing. Wendy Turner-Webster: Exactly what harm will that do? How harmful would that be? Denise Linay: Well, certain things that listeria can cause abortion which is catastrophe for the new mother. Wendy Turner-Webster: Absolutely, yes. Denise Linay: So those things should be avoided. Wendy Turner-Webster: That really is purely for medical reason, isn't it? I mean, what about things like spicy food and you know if anything like that? Denise Linay: I think when you're pregnant, you are more likely to have heartburn and spicy food could bring on that heartburn, but it is no danger to the mother, just uncomfortable and if you're prepared to see utmost at night waiting for your heartburn to subside then it's up to you. But it won't be of any danger. Wendy Turner-Webster: I think certainly when you're pregnant, you know what you do and don't want? Don't you me more specifically? If you want ice cream and peanut butter and you have it. Denise Linay: That's why and certainly some -- when I was pregnant I just wanted the starchy food at the beginning of pregnancy. Things like chips and sausage rolls that type of thing. I think you should go for what your body is telling you to do. Wendy Turner-Webster: Having said that, I do remember my doctor saying to me, when I first went in and I was pregnant and he said a piece of advice, don't pig out because you feel you can when you're pregnant, because it'd be difficult to lose the weight afterwards and I think we are all guilty, aren't we, wow, this is a good excuse to eat. Denise Linay: Yes, it is difficult. It can be difficult to lose afterwards. I mean, there is this view that if you are breastfeeding, it would just fall off of you. But the -- Wendy Turner-Webster: It didn't fall off me. Denise Linay: Right. It didn't fall of me. But when you're breastfeeding you need more calories, so I think you could be breastfeeding and you are ravenous the whole time because you are using out so many calories, so it doesn't necessarily fall off of your breastfeeding. Wendy Turner-Webster: Okay! Well. What about drink? Before we go into alcohol, are there any soft drinks that should really be avoided while you're pregnant or not? Denise Linay: I don't think so. Wendy Turner-Webster: No, you can go with any of those. There's no problem with those. Alcohol though, what about that? Denise Linay: Well, alcohol is a bit different, and certainly midwives have for number of years been into a situation where we are never sure what to advice women? Certainly now, the advice coming from NICE is that we shouldn't be drinking or women shouldn't be drinking more than 1-2 units per week. Wendy Turner-Webster: Sorry, what's NICE? Denise Linay: The National Institute of Clinical Excellence. Wendy Turner-Webster: Right. Okay! Sorry. They are say