Almost every woman aware the basic of what they should and should not do during pregnancy. They know that caffeine should be avoided; they should not smoke, drink alcohol or spend more time in any hot tubs. However more and more researches are being done to see if pregnant women should avoid certain foods for the duration of their pregnancy.
It is necessary that pregnant women eat a well balanced meal at all times to provide their growing baby with the vitamins, nutrients and minerals that the baby needs to grow properly. There are some foods though that needs to be avoided because of the risk they pose to not just to the mother, but also to the growing baby.
Foods You Need to Avoid during Pregnancy :
Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy – Raw Meat :
For starters, raw meat must be avoided due to the risk of toxoplasmosis and salmonella. This means that no more rare steaks, or rare burgers. Pregnant women should take caution and make sure that all of the meat they eat is cooked well done and properly.
Cold deli meat also be avoided because of the risk of listeria. Listeria can cross the placenta and can cause an infection or blood poisoning to the developing baby. Keep in mind though that deli meat can be again heated until it is steaming well and this will help reduce the risk.
Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy – Soft Cheeses :
Speaking of listeria there are other foods that may contain this bacteria. Few soft cheeses such as brie, feta, and gorgonzola. These cheeses are generally made with unpasterized milk. Unpasterized milk might contains listeria, so pregnant women should make sure that any soft cheeses they are going to eat are made with pasteurized milk.
Avoid Fish Containing High Level of Mercury :
Fish has always been a topic of debate for pregnant women. While some forms of fish contain important nutrients that are needed by the baby, others contains a high level of mercury. Any fish with a high level of mercury such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish and fish used in sushi should be avoided through out your pregnancy. Researches have linked mercury to developmental delays and in some cases brain damage.
Tuna also contains a lot of mercury content but canned, chunk light tuna has a lower quantity of mercury and can be eaten in moderation. Raw shellfish also should be avoided through out your pregnancy.
Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy – Raw Eggs :
Raw eggs or anything that contains raw eggs is a no no during pregnancy. There is a potential exposure to salmonella (disease causing pathogen). This indicates no raw cookie dough, no brownie mix, and a few homemade sauces such as hollandaise, Caesar dressing and blue cheese dressing. When eating in a restaurant, it would be good to ask any sauces or dressings contain any raw eggs. Most restaurants might be using pasteurized eggs in any raw egg recipe but you should still double check.
The Final Words :
There has never been a more vital time to be careful what a woman eats then when she is pregnant. Some of the above foods can cause miscarriages and other birth defects. If you are pregnant and you have already eaten a few of the foods you should not have, don’t panic. Chances are, you and your baby are fine but from now take extra care to avoid these foods in the future.
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