We already now know “The 6 Foods To Eat When Pregnant”. If you missed that one from last month (Click Here) .
Now, due to several requests, I have compiled a list of “The 6 Foods To Avoid When Pregnant”, below.
High Level- Mercury Fish – Is really toxic. It is not safe to consume at all, and is most commonly found in polluted seas.
In high amounts it can be toxic to your immune system, kidneys and nervous system.
Since it is found in polluted seas, large fish that live in these oceans can accumulate high amounts of mercury.
So I would advise pregnant women not to eat high level- Mercury fish at all.
High Level- Mercury Fish include:
Tuna ( Albacore tuna is a no no)
DID YOU KNOW? It is important to note that not every single fish is high in mercury, just certain types. Consuming low- mercury fish during pregnancy is very healthy, and these fish can be eaten up to 2 to 3 times a week. Fatty fish is real high in omega-3 fatty acids, which is important for your baby.
Raw Fish- You must not eat this at all cost! Most raw fish carry several infections such as Salmonella and Listeria.
For example Listeria can cause Miscarriage, Premature delivery, Stillbirth and other health issues .
Therefore I would advise Pregnant women to avoid eating raw fish and shellfish. So this includes many sushi dishes.
DID YOU KNOW? The other infections raw fish carry are Norovirus & Vibrio.. not very pleasant 🙁
Raw Eggs- I mean why would you do such a thing ? Raw eggs may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The symptoms of Salmonella infections are normally experienced by the mother only.
The symptoms include:
Though in some rare cases, the infection can cause cramps in the uterus, leading to premature birth or stillbirth.
DID YOU KNOW? Lightly scrambled eggs, Poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, Homemade mayo, Salad dressing, Homemade ice cream and icing on cake all commonly contain raw eggs in them.
Unwashed Fruit & Vegetables- Surfaces of unwashed or unpeeled fruits and vegetables could contaminate with several bacteria and parasites.
These include Salmonella, E. Coli and Listeria, which you can get from the soil or through handling.
Contamination can actually happen during production, harvest, processing, storage and transportation.
While you’re pregnant, it’s very important to minimize the risk of infection by thoroughly rinsing, peeling or cooking fruits and vegetables.
DID YOU KNOW? A dangerous parasite called Toxoplasma is found in unwashed fruit and vegetables. This why it is always important to rinse, peel thoroughly or cook your fruits and vegetables, to minimize chances of infection to you and your child.
Caffeine- Such as Coffee, Tea, Soft drinks and Cocoa for pregnant women, I would generally advise to limit their Caffeine intake to less than 200 mg per day, or about 2 to 3 cups of coffee.
Caffeine is absorbed very quickly, and passes easily into the placenta.
I also discovered that because unborn babies and their placentas do not have the main enzyme needed to metabolize caffeine, high levels can build up.
High caffeine intake during pregnancy has been shown to restrict fetal growth and increase the risk of low birth weight at delivery.
DID YOU KNOW? Drinking high amounts of Caffeine can cause low birth weight which increases infant death and chronic diseases in adulthood such as Type2-Diabetes & heart disease.
Alcohol- I’m sure this goes without saying that pregnant women should not be drinking any alcohol – period.
It’s been long known about the increased risk of miscarriage and stillbirth by hitting the bottle.
Even a small amount can have negative impacts to your baby’s brain development since no level of alcohol has been proven to be safe during pregnancy.
If I asked you if you would like to poison your baby ? And you say “NO” then don’t drink because this is what you are doing to your innocent baby.
DID YOU KNOW? If you answered yes to that question I advise you to seek some professional help!
Proper sanitation of the food and handling of food is always your best bet, especially whilst pregnant.
Though, this not always easy to do, since some foods could already be contaminated when purchased.
Therefore, it is best to avoid the foods on the list completely. The health of you and your unborn baby should come first ( Includes consumption of drink too)
If you want to learn more about the foods you should be eating during pregnancy, then, again
I hope you’ve realized more than ever how important a healthy diet is,
Especially whilst pregnant.
I’ve loved doing this one, especially as it was requested by you guys!
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