What Not To Eat When Pregnant

| February 1, 2014

Foods to Avoid When Pregnant

So, you’re looking to find out What Not To Eat When Pregnant?

When you’re expecting, your developing baby relies on you for his or her nutritional supply. Eating a balanced diet will ensure that your baby gets all the nutrients and vitamins he or she needs to grow healthy and strong. While you can eat pretty much anything you want, there are certain foods to avoid during pregnancy.

Some of the foods to avoid when pregnant include the following:

  • Raw and undercooked meats – Although medium-rare steaks are tender and delicious, you will need to avoid this food during pregnancy. Undercooked meats can be contaminated with E. Coli. This bacteria can cause stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and a fever that lasts for a few days. Although E. Coli is not associated with any birth defects, the diarrhea that results from the bacteria can cause you to become dehydrated. what not to eat when pregnant In rare cases, you may begin to bleed heavily. A severe E. Coli infection can result in miscarriage and premature birth.


  • Soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk – When you’re expecting, you need to be more careful about your cheese selection. Soft cheeses (that are produced from unpasteurized milk) are foods to avoid during pregnancy. Unpasteurized milk products can be contaminated with Listeria or E. Coli. A pregnant woman who gets sick from listeriosis is at higher risk for miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature delivery. Listeria can also cause life-threatening blood infection and meningitis. To avoid this dangerous food poisoning, pregnant women should stay away from soft cheeses, such as Brie, Camembert, feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, and Roquefort. Always read the product label to make sure the cheese you’re buying is made with pasteurized milk.


  • what not to eat when pregnant - tunaFish with high levels of mercury – Another food to avoid when pregnant are fish varieties that are known for their high mercury content. Nearly all types of fish have trace amounts of mercury, but some have higher levels than others. Pregnant women should avoid eating shark, king mackerel, swordfish, and tilefish. Mercury consumption in pregnancy has been linked to brain damage and developmental problems in the unborn baby. Don’t swear off eating all seafood, however! Fish is high in protein, low in fat, and part of a balanced diet. Recent studies have linked fatty fish (such as salmon and other varieties that are high in omega-3 fatty acids) to helping aid fetal brain development and decreasing your risk of premature labor.
    (Visit Wikipedia for detailed info on mercury levels in fish.)
  • Hot dogs, deli meats, cold cuts – When you’re pregnant, you need to be extremely careful when eating hot dogs, luncheon and deli meats, cold cuts, dry and fermented sausages, and other deli-style poultry and meats. These are foods to avoid during pregnancy, due to their risk of Listeria contamination. If you enjoy eating sandwiches and hot dogs, you will want to reheat these meats until they are steaming hot (at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit). Even if the product label claims that the meat is precooked, you should still reheat them prior to consumption.


  • Raw and undercooked eggswhat not to eat when pregnant - raw eggPay attention to all egg products when you’re expecting. Raw and undercooked eggs are pregnancy foods to avoid. They can be contaminated with Salmonella. Similar to E. Coli, Salmonella poisoning can cause a pregnant woman to experience nausea, diarrhea, and fever. Diarrhea can lead to dehydration. In rare cases, blood poisoning can occur. The primary risks of salmonella poisoning in pregnancy include miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature labor. To avoid complications, pregnant women should stay away from eggnog, homemade Caesar salad, and other foods that contain uncooked eggs.


Other foods to avoid during pregnancy (not included above) include smoked seafood, unpasteurized milk, refrigerated pate and meat spreads, alcohol, caffeine, raw cookie dough, raw and undercooked sprouts, and raw sushi.


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Tara Bianca is a spiritual and transformational coach, facilitator and author whose inspirational mentorship empowers everyday people to transform their lives to access joy, aliveness, clarity, focus and direction.

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