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With our pregnancy meal plans, you stack the odds in your favour. To take maximum advantage of our meal plans, take the time to read the information below.
You can have tea or coffee without any problem, provided that it does not exceed two cups of standard coffee, or two 1/4 cups of espresso coffee per day. Refrain from drinking herbal teas made from leaves of aloe, coltsfoot, juniper berry, pennyroyal, buckthorn bark, of Comfrey, Labrador tea, sassafras, root patience, lobelia and senna leaves, which can be detrimental to your baby’s health. Talk to your doctor and nutritionist to find out which herbal teas can be consumed during pregnancy. Cereal-based drinks are good substitutions.
Remember that there is no safe amount or safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy affects fetal development. It is therefore strongly recommended to avoid alcohol consumption during pregnancy. For more details, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Some cold cuts and deli meats must indeed be avoided during pregnancy, but not all. Uncooked or smoked meats, such as prosciutto or Bayonne ham are carefully absent from our menus because they must be avoided. Non-dried deli meats such as cold cuts can be eaten if they are heated properly and come from commercial packaging. Another option is to cook meat at home.
Our pregnancy meal plans meet the recommendations of Canada’s Food Guide. They are designed to provide approximately 50% of your energy from carbohydrates, which are evenly distributed throughout the day as recommended by the Canadian Diabetes Association. By choosing the pregnancy meal plans at the calorie level that is right for you, you will meet, without tedious calculations or extra effort, all the recommendations to help you control your gestational diabetes. Also, the high fibre content of the meal plan not only helps regularity and satiety, but certain types of fibre, included in our meal plans, can help control your blood glucose. So be reassured, with SOSCuisine, you are in good hands!
Cheese is an important dairy product to include in the diet of pregnant women, mainly for its calcium content. However, one must be careful with the choice of cheese. To minimize the risk of contamination which could be harmful to you and your baby, raw milk (unpasteurized) cheeses should be avoided. Also, even if made from pasteurized milk, blue cheese, soft cheeses such as brie or camembert, and some fresh cheeses such as Queso Fresco, Blanco, Panela or Halloumi, should not be eaten. Our meal plans exclude these products because contamination may occur after the pasteurization step.
Salmon is a key food in the diet of pregnant women for several reasons: It is high in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which is essential for proper development of the foetus. It is also one of the fish that is highest in Vitamin D. Also, unlike swordfish or fresh tuna, it only contains trace amounts (i.e. insignificant quantity) of mercury, which can be a problem for the development of the foetus.
The most recent recommendations (references) for a healthy pregnancy consist of 50 nutritional targets that must be attained day after day, so as to provide all the nutrients and energy needed to feed you – and your precious little one – as well as possible. These targets can be grouped as follows:
The following table shows that our Pregnancy Meal Plans have consistently met the nutritional recommendations since their launch, on May 19th, 2011.
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IMPORTANT: The information provided on this website does not replace a medical consultation and is not intended for self diagnosis. We recommend that you seek the advice of your doctor or healthcare professional before undertaking a change to your diet or lifestyle. See Terms & Conditions.