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Advice for pregnant women: Don't eat a lot of soy

Advice for pregnant women: Don’t eat a lot of soy

Soy advice is especially important for women who eat vegan, follow a traditional South Asian diet or are lactose intolerant and use many soy-based dairy alternatives. They are more likely to exceed the newly created limit.

This limit is no more than 1 milligram of isoflavones per kilogram of body weight. To get an idea: A person weighing 64kg can safely eat 310g of tofu per day, 230g of soybeans, or 610ml of soy yogurt.

In addition to soy products, there are still many nutritional advice for pregnant women without change. For example, it is not recommended to consume alcohol and eat liver, and the council advises not to drink more than two cups of coffee a day. It is recommended to eat fish twice a week and it is best to leave some herbal teas alone.

Often a little folic acid

An important thing to consider is the intake of folic acid and vitamin D. “This is not new, but it appears that many pregnant women do not or, for example, start taking folic acid too late,” says the Health Council. Women are advised to start taking 400 micrograms of folic acid daily four weeks before conception and continue taking it until the tenth week of pregnancy.

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