Food and Drinks to Avoid During Pregnancy!

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 4:13 am by


Following a balanced diet is important for everybody, but it’s extremely vital if you are pregnant.  Your developing baby is in a serious need of various minerals, vitamins and nutrients.  Even though most foods are safe to eat during pregnancy, there are certain products that must be avoided.

What To Avoid During Your Pregnancy

Raw meat: That includes all kinds of uncooked, undercooked or rare meats: seafood, poultry, beef have to be avoided, for there is a risk of contracting salmonella, toxoplasmosis and coliform bacteria.

Deli meats: Often, there are cases of listeria-contaminated deli meats.  Listeria is known to cause miscarriage.  In case you have a  photo FoodandDrinkstoAvoidDuringPregnancy_zps242bfdca.jpgstrong urge to eat deli meat during pregnancy, make sure you reheat your meat of choice until it’s steaming.

Fish with a high mercury-level: According to research, consuming products high on mercury during pregnancy leads to brain damage and developmental delays.  Such fish are: tile-fish, king mackerel, swordfish and shark.  Tuna also falls into this category, although the canned light tuna has a lower mercury percentage.  Nevertheless, it should be eaten in moderate quantities.  If you are a fan of sushi, you should try to curb your sushi appetite as well.

Smoked Seafood: Smoked seafood that is refrigerated and labeled as nova style, lox, jerky, or kipper has to be avoided because, just like deli meats, it could be contaminated with Listeria.  However, these are only safe to be consumed if they are added to a cooked meat, like a casserole, for example.  Canned smoked seafood is OK to eat, but in moderation.

Raw Shellfish: Mussels, clams, oysters and various other undercooked shellfish is the major cause for seafood-borne illnesses.  Some types of infection could be prevented via more durable cooking, but it will not prevent red tides associated infections related to the algae.

Raw eggs: All types of foods containing raw eggs must to be avoided, because there is a high risk of contracting salmonella.  Foods made with raw eggs include homemade mayonnaise, Caesar dressing, homemade custards and ice cream as well as Hollandaise sauces.  Provided that the meal is cooked at a certain point, the risk of salmonella will be avoided.  Commercially manufactured eggnog, dressings and ice cream are prepared using pasteurized eggs, which don’t increase the risk of contracting salmonella; same goes for the restaurants that offer such food products.

Unpasteurized milk: Just like deli meat and smoked seafood, any milk that is unpasteurized might be contaminated with Listeria.  Make sure that any milk you buy from the store is pasteurized.

Unpasteurized juices: Products bought from roadside stands, in stores or at farms are often prone to germs.  Check the label prior to buying so that you are sure the drink is pasteurized.

Caffeine: Even though many studies claim that caffeine intake in moderation is fine, if you would like to reduce the chances of a miscarriage to a bare minimum, avoid any caffeine during the first three months of the pregnancy.  As for the rest of the pregnancy, limit the caffeine intake to not more than 200mg a day.  Caffeine eliminates fluids from your body which results in water loss.  In other words, it’s safer to drink water and pasteurized milk and juice rather than caffeine beverages.

Alcohol: In order to be sure you will bear and give birth to a healthy baby, alcohol must not be consumed at all, for it may lead to the so-called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome as well as other developmental disorders.  Alcohol also reaches the baby during the breastfeeding process, therefore, you should continue to refrain from alcohol usage while you are breastfeeding.

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