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How to Eat Strawberries During Pregnancy

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author image Lillian Downey
A Jill-of-all-trades, Lillian Downey is a certified Responsible Sexuality Educator, certified clinical phlebotomist and a certified non-profit administrator. She's also written extensively on gardening and cooking. She also authors blogs on nail art blog and women's self esteem.
How to Eat Strawberries During Pregnancy
Prepare strawberries correctly when pregnant Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to make sure both you and your baby get the nutrition you need. Strawberries provide calcium, magnesium, vitamin C and other vital nutrition. Unfortunately, if you don't take care in how you prepare and eat strawberries, your weakened pregnancy immune system could be challenged by food-borne illnesses such as E. coli. A little proper care can help you prevent illnesses and reap the healthy rewards of strawberries and other fruits.

Step 1

How to Eat Strawberries During Pregnancy
Be careful of food allergies. Photo Credit Dainis Derics/iStock/Getty Images

Talk to your doctor about your family's history of food allergies. Strawberry allergies are commonly genetic. Even if you're not allergic, if your family has a history of serious strawberry allergies your doctor might advise you to avoid the fruit during pregnancy, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Step 2

How to Eat Strawberries During Pregnancy
Wash your strawberries. Photo Credit Andy Dean/iStock/Getty Images

Wash your strawberries thoroughly before eating them. Washing helps remove pesticide and fertilizer residue. Washing also helps reduce the risk of ingesting soil-bred bacteria and parasites, such as E. coli.

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Step 3

How to Eat Strawberries During Pregnancy
Get a wide range of fruits. Photo Credit mathieu boivin/iStock/Getty Images

Make strawberries part of at least 4 to 5 cups of total fruits and vegetables daily. Don't rely on strawberries to meet all your daily fruit and vegetable requirements to make sure you get a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.

Step 4

How to Eat Strawberries During Pregnancy
Whole strawberries are better. Photo Credit Paulus Rusyanto/iStock/Getty Images

Choose whole, fresh strawberries instead of processed forms, such as jam or strawberry-flavored treats. Fresh strawberries retain more nutrition and fiber and typically contain less sugar and fewer calories than processed strawberries. Choose frozen strawberries if fresh aren't available.

Step 5

How to Eat Strawberries During Pregnancy
Strawberry juice Photo Credit HandmadePictures/iStock/Getty Images

Check the label of fresh strawberry juices to make sure the juice has been pasteurized. Unpasteurized fruit juices increase your risk of E. coli and other food-borne illnesses, according to FoodSafety.gov.

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