There are a lot of questions and dilemmas regarding what to eat and what not to eat during pregnancy. Plenty of advises pour in during this time but the best thing to do it to follow a proper diet chart given by an expert nutritionist for the nine months tenure and even for a few months after the delivery.
Some women might have a question regarding freezer meals before baby and it is said that ready meals can be okay during pregnancy but one has to check whether the foods are properly packaged or not.
These ready meals are mainly cooked from before and they are sold in the supermarket in a frozen or a chilled form which are again to be reheated at home. So, when one is going for these meals they have to follow the storage and the cooking instructions written on the food pack before eating them.
When one does not read the instructions carefully then the ready to make meal might get contaminated with bacteria which in turn can cause infection. These infections can lead to serious health problems and when one is pregnant, it can lead to miscarriage and loss of baby at birth.
- Once a frozen pack of food is bought one should carry them home in an insulated box or a bag. If it warms up too much then one can easily eat them immediately after reaching home. One should not freeze the food partially. If they have to eat it, they need to eat them all.
- The temperature inside the fridge has to be in between 0 to 4 degree C and the freezer temperature should be below -18 degree C.
- One needs to eat the food before the expiration date is over. (This is not only during pregnancy but every time one buys such frozen food, they need to check the manufacturing and the expiry date).
- The instructions written behind the food packet has to be read carefully. When one is using an oven they should give proper time to the food to warm up. Also one should check whether the power level of the cooking is set or not.
- Never buy frozen meals from a shop which faces frequent power cuts and have no electricity back up. The frequent change in the freezer temperature due to these power cuts can spoil the food.
- One needs to choose those packed meals which are low in salt and saturated fat. It is good not to have more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 6 grams of salt per day when one is pregnant.
- If the portion of the ready to eat meal is small, one can go for 2 packets but it is always good to go for plain homemade meals if it is possible. They are better and always more nutritious.
One can also look for some best freezer meals for new moms as they are available in proper departmental stores and one should buy them fresh.