Pregnancy is a vital period in women’s life. Being pregnant means that you are responsible for your growing baby’s health which requires you to be careful about your lifestyle as this will have a direct effect on your baby’s health. Eating a healthy diet is very important for you and your baby’s health. Also, there are some foods to avoid or take care with when you are pregnant. Below is a list of foods that you have to avoid or minimize during pregnancy.
High-Mercury Fish: Seafood is a great source of protein and many fish contains omega-3 fatty acids which can promote your baby’s brain and eye development. But there are some fish and shellfish that contain potentially levels of mercury.
Mercury is a highly toxic element which is commonly found in polluted water. If it is consumed in high amounts when you are pregnant, this could affect your baby’s developing the nervous system. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourage pregnant women to avoid Swordfish Shark, King mackerel, and Tilefish.
Raw, Undercooked, And Processed Meat: The pregnant woman should not eat undercooked or raw meat because of the potential risk of infection from several bacteria or parasites. These include Toxoplasma, E. Coli, Listeria, and Salmonella. Bacteria may threaten the health of the unborn baby, possibly leading to stillbirth or severe neurological illnesses, including mental retardation and epilepsy. All the meat and poultry should be cooked thoroughly until steaming hot, especially with poultry, pork, sausages, burgers, and deli meat. Such meats may become infected with different bacteria during processing or storage.
Raw Eggs: Raw eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella. The symptoms of salmonella that the mother may experience include fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. However, in rare cases, the infection may cause cramps in the uterus, leading to premature birth or stillbirth.
So, pregnant women should cook eggs until the egg yolks and white are firm. Also, avoid foods made with raw or partially cooked eggs, such as eggnog, raw batter, homemade ice cream, cake icings and salad dressings.
Unpasteurized Foods: Raw milk and unpasteurized cheese can contain many harmful bacteria, including Listeria, Salmonella, E. Coli and Campylobacter. Also, unpasteurized juices should be avoided because they are also prone to bacterial infections. These infections can all have life-threatening consequences for an unborn baby. Avoid soft cheeses, such as Brie, feta, and blue cheese, unless they are clearly labeled as being pasteurized or made with pasteurized milk.