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Are mushrooms safe to eat during pregnancy?

Mushrooms are every woman’s delight before conceiving which is why most pregnant women ask this question, are mushrooms safe during pregnancy?

Yes, mushrooms are safe to eat during pregnancy, but not all types. Some mushrooms will be beneficial to you during pregnancy and there are some that will only cause pregnancy complications. They are a great source of protein and are very low in calorie. They also contain fiber which helps to treat constipation and indigestion.

Mushrooms can be eaten alone or added to pizzas, soups, salads, hot sauce and other dishes.

It is important to prevent anything that could cause pregnancy complications to avoid making several trips to the doctor when you should be getting the rest you deserve. It is for this reason, we have selected some safe mushrooms to eat during pregnancy and those to avoid. Take a look at some of them:

Safe Mushrooms to eat during pregnancy.

These types of mushrooms are black. They refer to it as medicinal mushrooms and they contain nutrients such as fiber and beta-glucan.

These types of mushrooms are quite common and can be gotten from anywhere. The top of the root can add a sweet flavor to your dishes while the root which contains fiber can be used in making stews and broths.

Chestnut mushrooms.

These chestnut mushrooms are just like the white button mushrooms, only darker. They also have a strong taste and can be used in cooking along with your favorite dishes during pregnancy.

These are quite expensive mushrooms and are eaten by high-income earners. They are golden in color and have a strong flavor.

True morel mushrooms.

It is advisable to properly wash and cook these types of mushroom before eating it. Also, consume it in a small quantity as it can cause gastrointestinal upset.

Other edible mushrooms that can be safe to eat when pregnant are king oyster mushrooms, buna-shimeji and enoki.

What are the types of mushroom to avoid during pregnancy?

Psilocybin mushrooms also known as magic mushrooms are mushrooms taken as an illegal drug due to its hallucinogenic properties. These types of mushrooms can be eaten raw or cooked.

Although there is no study showing that magic mushrooms could cause harm to your baby, it is best you avoid it because hallucinogens are not the kind of thing you will want to expose your baby to at a tender stage.

Other poisonous mushrooms to avoid are parasol mushrooms, false morels, chanterelle, puffballs amanitas, angel wing, death cap, fly agaric, destroying angels, autumn skull cap, crimini and podostroma conru-damae.

How to ensure your mushroom is safe to eat when pregnant?

  • Check the mushrooms properly before you buy them. Do not buy if you notice any decaying spot as they might contain bacteria.

  • Wash your mushrooms and cook them properly. It is important to cook your mushrooms before eating as raw mushrooms could expose you to bacterial infection.

  • If you are trying out mushrooms for the first time, eat a small quantity so you can determine if you will have allergic reactions.

  • If you are going to buy processed mushrooms, then you have to check the expiry date to ensure it is still good to use.

Buy mushrooms sold in the market. Don’t handpick mushrooms yourself as you may not be able to tell the difference between the edible and poisonous ones.

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