What's Safe to Eat During Pregnancy?

How Real Moms Dealt with Pregnancy Cravings

"I'm 36 weeks pregnant, and I find comfort in PB&J. Lunch meats are off-limits most times, so it's an easy fix if you're craving a sandwich."
--Katie Neitz, Emmaus, Pennsylvania

"I craved more of things I already liked. We still went out for sushi, and I just had cooked items -- usually shrimp tempura and a California roll."
--Sarah Buck, Tallahassee, Florida

"I'm a fancy-cheese fanatic. Throughout both of my pregnancies, I had to be especially careful when eating out if I didn't know whether or not a cheese was made with pasteurized milk. A few times, the waiter actually brought out the cheese in its package for me so I could read the label."
--Kristin Ruethling Dufek, Fox Point, Wisconsin

"I craved Brie, which is a no-no. I substituted the soft Laughing Cow cheese and still snack on it today. It's much better for you too."
--Caryn Pollock, Staten Island, New York

"For my husband's birthday, our friends decided to go for a steak dinner. Everyone ordered rare meat -- which is unsafe and made my stomach turn. I ordered spaghetti. It was quite a sight to see all the meat at the table next to my massive plate of plain and simple spaghetti!"
--Ayesha Kumar-Flaherty, Arlington, Virginia

Originally published in the October 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.

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