NEWS that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting her first child has spread joy throughout the Commonwealth, but the announcement comes with a downside for the pregnant princess.
With pregnancy comes a list of things to steer clear of, and for Meghan, a self-proclaimed foodie, that includes certain foods such as sushi and soft cheeses — which happen to be some of her favourites.
Meghan, who wed Harry just five months ago, has had her 12-week scan and is due in late March or early April next year.
The royal couple made the announcement on Monday ahead of their 16-day tour, taking in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
SIX FOODS MEGAN CAN NO LONGER ENJOY
Wine and other liquor
Meghan is a lover of wine and sadly, while pregnant alcohol is a big no-no. She was such a wine fan that her now defunct food and lifestyle blog, The Tig, was named after Tignanello, a full-bodied red wine. She told Delish in an interview that dinner on a typical night is pasta with zucchini, lots of parmesan and a glass of wine.
Seafood salad and raw meat
Meghan is also a lover of seafood but she needs to take extra care as it can carry listeria, as with premade ham and chicken salads. She is known to enjoy a ribeye steak, which she squirts with lemon just before serving. “Nobody tastes the lemon, but it really brings out the steak’s flavour,” she told Delish. But now, her meat needs to be fully cooked through.
When describing her ultimate food to EyeSwoon during an interview, she it “would be a beautiful rib eye and sautéed broccoli rabe, (or a bowl of cavatelli pasta) and glass of Tig, of course.” When they asked her who she would dine with, she said: “And the ‘whom’ knows who they are.” — we have an idea who it may be now.
The former Deal or No Deal cast member would be advised to avoid the Japanese staple despite her love for the dish. She once described “perfect sushi” as a key component in healthy diet — revealing to EyeSwoon that one of her all-time favourite restaurants is AOC and Sushi Park in Los Angeles. Pregnant women can’t have raw shellfish as it can contain harmful viruses and bacteria.
Cheese and wine go hand-in-hand and for many pregnant women it can be a tough combination to give up. It’s unpasteurised cheeses that expecting mothers are advised to steer clear of, though nearly all dairy products in Australia are parsteurised, meaning they’re been heated for a period in order to kill any bacteria. Mums-to-be are frequently warned to steer clear of mould-ripened cheese such as brie and Camembert, due to the bacteria.
Delish reported that while Meghan was in Toronto — where Suits was filmed — she made frequent visits to a local fine foods shop called Cheese Boutique. She also developed a love of poutine — a Canadian dish consisting of fries, gravy and cheese curds.
In Australia…. pasteurised
For Meghan “green juice is a food-as-medicine philosophy for me,” she told Delish. She told the publication it was a way to boost her energy, like a coffee. She must now ensure her juices and ciders are pasteurised, as unpasteurised juice can cause foodborne illnesses, according to Foodsafety.gov, which also claims these beverages have been linked to outbreaks of E. coli.
Raw or undercooked eggs
On her now-deleted social media accounts, the former actor often shared her love of eggs. She revealed to Delish her typical breakfast was an omelette with fresh herbs, cheese, and toast. She can still eat eggs, but needs to make sure they are fully cooked to avoid exposure to bacteria such as Salmonella.