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Pregnancy is perceived as a happy and life changing experience. If you become pregnant, you want to make sure that everything runs smoothly. You want your pregnancy to remain healthy and safe up to the time of your delivery. Pregnant women are encouraged to eat healthy and nutritious foods so that the baby remains healthy. However, this does not mean that you are allowed to eat anything you want. The truth is that there are certain foods you should avoid eating as this will jeopardize your health as well as the health of your baby.
As you know, if you are pregnant you want to eat anything just to satisfy your food craving. You should be aware that if you are pregnant you are very delicate, especially when it comes to the food you eat. Some foods are restricted for pregnant woman as these can contains chemicals that can significantly affect the growth and development of the baby. Some of the common foods to be avoided by pregnant women are thoroughly discussed below.
If you are pregnant, you are highly discouraged to take unpasteurized dairy products.
Unpasteurized product is a perfect place for harmful bacteria, which can actually
jeopardize your health as well as the health of your baby. If you want to eat dairy
product, the best thing to do is to thoroughly read the label of the product to make
sure that it is pasteurized. Furthermore, you should also avoid eating raw egg or
even undercooked egg as this may contain bacteria, which can be very harmful to your
health. You should as well avoid eating foods that contain raw egg such as ice cream,
mayonnaise, and mousse.
Fish is a rich source of protein, but if you are pregnant there are certain fish you should avoid such as oily fish. This type of fish contains environmental pollutants, which can harm not only your health but as well as the health of your baby. You should also limit the intake of shellfish, rock salmon, halibut, bream, sea bass and crabs. If these are some of the foods you crave, then don’t worry because you can still eat them as long as you limit the serving. On the other hand, you should totally eliminate marlin, shark, and swordfish on your diet as these foods contain high level of mercury. To avoid food poisoning, you shouldn’t eat raw shellfish.
There are certain dressings and condiments you should avoid eating such as mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard. These condiments contain high level of fats and so you should avoid or limit its intake. Furthermore, you should limit the use of salt as it can lead to water retention and weight gain.
Most spreads and dips contain hummus. This substance can cause food borne illness and is unsafe to eat if you are pregnant. Listeriosis can cause serious illness to pregnant women, older adults, and newborns. It weakens your immune system thereby making you susceptible to various forms of diseases.
Honey is safe for pregnant women as long as it is pasteurized. If you are pregnant
and you eat unpasteurized honey, you will be prone to botulism of food poisoning
secondary to Clostridium botulinum. Unpasteurized honey contains disease carrying
organisms, which can jeopardize your health and your baby too. If you are going to
buy honey in the supermarket, you should carefully read the ingredient label to ensure
that the honey is pasteurized.
There are beverages you should limit or totally avoid if you are pregnant. If you are fond of drinking coffee, then you should tone down the intake of caffeinated beverages. You should not exceed to 200 mg of caffeine a day. Studies revealed that too much caffeine can lead to low birth weight and miscarriage. If you are fond of socializing and drinking alcoholic beverages, then you should totally cut it off if you are pregnant. Pregnant women are strongly advised to eliminate alcohol in the diet. If you drink alcoholic beverages, you are actually jeopardizing the health of your baby. Congenial anomalies are associated with alcohol intake during pregnancy.
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