A lot of expecting mothers do not think there are foods to avoid when pregnant. They believe they can eat what they want, as long as it is healthy for them and the baby. There are some foods though that are very bad for the mother and child. If you can steer clear of these items, then you have less odds of presenting dangers to yourself or your baby.
1. Alcohol – The main thing that a mother needs to avoid is alcohol. Not only is alcohol bad for anyone who consumes too much, it presents a great danger for a mother and her unborn child.
2. Sea food – The FDA says that a pregnant woman can eat up to 12 ounces of fish a week. Large fish contain higher amounts of mercury. If you are unaware, mercury is a byproduct of coal burning plants that interfere with the development of a growing child’s brain and nervous system. Freshwater fish, from ponds and lakes, can contain more contaminants from industrial companies and organizations.
3. Undercooked Meats – Raw meat, semi cooked eggs, undercooked meats, and anything from an animal origin can contain bacteria, parasites, and multiple viruses.
4. Uncooked / Raw Vegetables – Uncooked vegetables can contain bacteria and parasites as well. Make sure any fruit or vegetable that you want to consume is thoroughly washed. Do not eat any food right from the garden, or right from out of the fridge.
5. Caffeine – Caffeine is a big no-no for mothers to be. Research has revealed that glut of caffeine at the time of pregnancy can reduce baby’s weight and can even cause miscarriage or still Birth.
6. Refrigerated Foods – Any refrigerated food should be heated until steaming hot to make sure that they reach the proper temperature to eliminate any bacteria or parasites.
7. Dairy – Intake of dairy that are made from unpasteurized milk must be avoided during pregnancy. It has been known to cause listeria.
The main rule to what foods to avoid while pregnant, is to trust your instincts. If you have poor judgement, then consult with some friends, or a relative. If you have no one to ask, then you should consult a physician. They should be able to check you out, and determine what would be best for you.
Please comment if you know of any other foods to avoid when pregnant.