Pregnancy is one of the beautiful phases in a woman’s life. It’s not just your body that will change, but the way you think and feel about yourself, your priorities, your attitude, your lifestyle…well, everything is about to change. So to facilitate a happy pregnancy, careful food habits needs to be infused in your system at an early stage.
Here is our expert guide of foods to be avoided during pregnancy. To help you make wise food choices to protect and nourish you and your baby. Read through and enjoy a healthy pregnancy:
Eggs: Cooked eggs are so delectable isn’t it? Yes it is, but as our article illustrates, there are certain ways of having your perfect egg during pregnancy. Raw eggs, runny eggs and undercooked eggs are a big no-no. Homemade desserts and sauces such as chocolate mousse, cakes, mayonnaise, etc., containing raw eggs must be avoided as they may be tainted with salmonella bacteria causing vomiting and diarrhea.
Meat & Poultry: Yes we know meat is vital need for any non vegetarian person. Expecting women, who love to gorge on meat, would need some restrictions during pregnancy. Research has proven that raw or uncooked meat must be avoided as they contain listeria bacteria. Refrigerated meat such as goat, lamb, beef, etc., must be heated up to 73 degree Celsius. Same is for poultry such as chicken, ham, turkey, duck, geese, etc. Due to toxoplasma gondii parasite present in raw meat & poultry expecting mothers can experience food poisoning. These can cause vomiting, miscarriages and fetal damage.
Fish: No we are not asking you to give away all your fish cravings! Due to high methylmercury levels in fishes it is asked not to consume to avoid any fetal damage possibilities and other complications. Fish to avoid totally are shark, king mackerel, swordfish and tuna. Uncooked sea fishes are not appropriate for any expecting mother’s diet as well. Shellfishes such as oysters and clams must be avoided. To have a healthy pregnancy these are certain taste sacrifices a mother should go through!!
Unpasteurized Dairy Products: Milk does provide you with calcium, proteins and minerals. However, if unpasteurized dairy products are ingested, you run the risk of contracting severe food poisoning. Therefore, avoid all sorts of dairy products that are not pasteurized.
Without pasteurized milk the food is not healthy for expectant mothers. The other, rather unconventional, option is to opt for non-dairy milks like rice milk, soy milk (only fermented and organic), oat milk and almond milk. These are safer, contain the same nutrients and are also custom made for the lactose intolerant.
Cheese: Pregnancy has its own set of diet rules. Unpasteurized soft cheese such as Brie, feta, camembert, queso fresco, etc., must be avoided as they may contain Listeria bacteria, causing listeriosis. Miscarriage, premature birth or birth defects are common results for having these cheeses.
Unwashed Fruits and Vegetables: You’d think that’s a weird point! But you will be surprised to hear that as many as 78% people eat or cook fruits and vegetables without first washing them. If you do this during pregnancy – BEWARE! Besides ingesting harmful pesticides, the fruit and veggie skins can also contain the toxoplasma gondii parasite and listeria. Both can cause considerable damage to the fetus. . Raw sprouts or any unwashed vegetables especially lettuce and cabbage must be avoided.
Nuts: Various kinds of nuts are available in the market which you may love to enjoy. These can be a healthy addition to your daily breakfast or evening snacks. Discretion is while consuming nuts during pregnancy. Some nuts such as peanuts, cashews, chestnuts, filberts/hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts can cause allergies or skin rashes on your body. These are also some of the pregnancy foods to avoid, as they may result in swelling of body parts.
Salads: Do you look for types of salads offered in a restaurant? Well then we would suggest it’s better to prefer a homemade salad than a restaurant one. As the fruits, vegetables, meat or eggs might not be of high quality. These may contain listeria bacteria which can cause fetal problems during pregnancy.
Juices: Juicing is a best habit for any healthy diet. Isn’t juice good during pregnancy? It surely is, but fresh juice puts you at risk of contracting the very harmful E.coli and salmonella bacteria. It is said that both raw fruits as well as veggies can get contaminated with this strain of bacteria and can wreak havoc on you and your fetus.
Caffeine-Related Products: Too much caffeine is never good for you, especially during pregnancy as it acts as a diuretic and is linked to low birth weight. Caffeine is more dangerous as it is often hidden in some product you never suspected. Besides coffee, tea and chocolate, caffeine is a part of energy drinks and some cold and flu medicines. Expectant mommies consuming more caffeine during this phase are at higher risk of stillbirths, fetal deaths or spontaneous abortions.
Sugar-Rich Foods: During pregnancy women experience crazy cravings, this is absolutely normal. You should check on your Ice creams and chocolates consumption. As midnight snacks these may sound tempting, but in reality they will only increase the sugar content in you.
Fatty Foods: So, you think you can gorge on all those fatty, yummy treats during pregnancy because you’re getting big anyway? You’re wrong! Too much fatty food can make your cholesterol sky rocket. Apart from the hideous fat body you’ll be stuck with after delivery, the fatty foods can out you at risk of heart disease and obesity.
Licorice: Licorice or Mulethi, is a common, harmless spice used in many cuisines. However, its intake during pregnancy can cause uterine contractions. These contractions can lead to preterm labor.
Leftovers: Being pregnant leftovers should not be consumed. As these foods, even if stored properly in refrigerator, have chances of attracting bacteria. Unhealthy ways of food consumption must be avoided during your special phase of life. This will ensure good health for you and your baby.
It is of paramount importance that you follow a proper diet and nutrition plan, but above all, also don’t spend the entire magical journey of pregnancy in fretting over little things. Trust your motherly instincts and enjoy your pregnancy.