There are many foods that you should include in your pregnancy diet for giving a birth to a healthy baby; and also there are several types of food that you should avoid during pregnancy. These foods can cause several risks for both you and your growing baby. In the following part, we will explain some of these foods that you should avoid during pregnancy.
• Raw Eggs: Raw eggs may contain bacteria causing food poisoning known as salmonella which pregnant women are more susceptible to contracting. It is advisable to use pasteurized eggs rather than the unpasteurized. So you should avoid eating foods made with raw eggs.
• Soft Cheese: All kinds of soft cheeses such as Feta, Brie, Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Camembert, blue-veined cheese, and Mexican-style cheese should be avoided because they are not safe. They are made from unpasteurized milk which may contain bacteria such as listeria that causes a disease known as listeriosis. And listeriosis is a life-threatening disease that can cause fever, meningitis, miscarriage, or premature birth in pregnant women. So before buying a cheese, check the label to see if it is made with pasteurized or unpasteurized milk.
• Alcohol: If you are drinking alcohol before conception, you should stop once you are pregnant. Drinking any amount of alcohol is not safe for pregnancy as it increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth and can cause child abnormalities and defects.
• Raw Meat: Raw meats and undercooked poultry should be avoided during pregnancy as they can expose you and your baby to salmonella; coliform bacteria, brucellosis and all kinds of dangerous micro-organisms. They can cause stillbirth or other serious health problems. Cook your poultry and your meats between medium to medium-well. And don’t forget to wash your hands after handling any raw meats or uncooked poultry.
• Raw or Seared Fish and Fish that Contain Mercury: The pregnant woman should avoid eating fish with a high amount of mercury like king mackerel, shark, swordfish, tilefish, and albacore tuna. Although canned light tuna has lower amounts of mercury, but it still should be eaten in small portions and at least one time per week.
Mercury consumed during pregnancy can cause negative effects on fetal brain development. For women who like sushi, it is recommended to avoid eating it during pregnancy because uncooked and even seared dish is more likely to contain bacteria or parasites than cooked fish.