But all the dishes have sky-high sodium levels, with mee soto and mee rebus containing about 2.6g per serving and mee siam at 2.1 g per serving. According to the HPB, the average salt intake of a Singaporean is 9g per day, which is more than the recommended daily 5g.
Studies show that you can lower your blood pressure when you reduce your salt intake to less than 5g per day. Plus, taking too much salt can worsen oedema (swelling caused by fluid retention) during your pregnancy, adds Jenny Ng, principal dietitian from Mind Your Diet.
Too much caffeine can increase the risk of miscarriage and premature birth, she adds. During pregnancy, stick to less than 300mg, which translates to about two cups of coffee or tea.
If you’re nursing, your caffeine intake should be less than 200 mg per day because it can pass through breast milk and cause Baby to be restless, she says.