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7 Dangerous Kind of Foods to Avoid When Pregnant

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Kind of Foods to Avoid When Pregnant

So, you are pregnant now, or you just planning to stay pregnant.

However, congratulations, that is really big moment in your life. Now you have to think deeper about your health and therefore the health of your future child.

Pregnancy is one of the most vital and delicate period in every woman’s life.

We all know that our overall health depends on food that we eat, so you should be careful and take a full knowledge about what food you should eat, and what foods to avoid when pregnant just to stay healthy as a future mother and to bring in a world, healthy and happy child.

food to Avoid When Pregnant

Pregnancy can affects to your immune system, for that you and your unborn baby are more susceptible to the bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause foodborne illness.

Even if you don’t feel sick, some “bugs” like Listeria and Toxoplasma can infect your baby and cause serious health problems.

Eating well-balanced meals is important at all times. There are essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your developing baby needs. Most foods are safe, however there are some foods to avoid when pregnant.

let’s look below what food you should be avoid to eat during pregnancy and what is not so dangerous as some experts wish to say.

1. Raw or partially cooked eggs

Eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious and economical foods, but you must take special care when preparing fresh eggs and egg products to avoid illness, sometimes called “food poisoning.”

The inside of eggs that appear normal can contain a germ called Salmonella that can make you sick, especially if eggs are eaten raw or lightly cooked. But eggs are safe when cooked and handled properly.

This is how you can reduce a chance of getting a Salmonella infection?

  •  Keep eggs refrigerated at 40°F (4°C) or colder at all times. Only buy eggs from stores and suppliers that keep them refrigerated.
  •  Discard cracked or dirty eggs.
  •  Wash hands and items that came into contact with raw eggs, including counter tops, utensils, dishes, and cutting boards, with soap and water.
  •  Cook eggs until both the yolk and white are firm. Egg dishes should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C) or hotter.
  •  Eat or refrigerate eggs and foods containing eggs promptly after cooking. Do not keep eggs or foods made with eggs warm or at room temperature for more than 2 hours, or 1 hour is the temperature is 90о F or hotter.
  •  When eating out, avoid restaurant dishes made with raw or lightly cooked unpasteurized eggs, and check to make sure the restaurant used pasteurized eggs in foods that contain raw or lightly cooked eggs, such as hollandaise sauce, Caesar salad dressing, and tiramisu.
  •  Consider buying and using pasteurized eggs and egg products, which are widely available.

Illness from Salmonella can be serious and is dangerous for you and your unborn child

2. Undercooked, Raw and Processed Meat

Eating undercooked or raw meat increases the risk of infection from several bacteria or parasites.

While most bacteria are found on the surface of whole pieces of meat, other bacteria may linger inside the muscle fibers.

Cook all meat and poultry thoroughly so it is steaming hot and there is no trace of pink or blood. Take particular care with poultry, pork, sausages and minced meat, including burgers.

Avoid rare meat. Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite that can be found in meat, soil, and untreated water. If you are pregnant the infection can hurt your unborn baby, but it’s important to remember that toxoplasmosis in pregnancy is very rare.

If you feel you may have been at risk, discuss it with your doctor, midwife or obstetrician. If you are infected while you’re pregnant, treatment for toxoplasmosis is available.

Raw or undercooked meat may contain harmful bacteria. As a general rule, meat should be cooked all the way through.

3. Undercooked or contaminated fish and seafood

seafood to Avoid When Pregnant

You can eat most types of fish when you’re pregnant.

Eating fish is good for your health and the development of your baby, but you should avoid some types of fish and limit the amount you eat of some others.

  •  Fish Containing Mercury: Mercury on consumption during pregnancy can lead to brain damage and developmental delays. Therefore, it is advisable not to take fish that contains high levels of mercury. These types of fish include king mackerel, swordfish, shark and tilefish. Fish like chunk light tuna contain low levels of mercury, and can be taken in moderate amounts.
  •  Smoked Seafood: Refrigerated and smoked seafood with labels such as lox, jerky, novastyle or kippered should not be consumed as they will be contaminated with Listeria bacteria. You will get this fish in the deli section.
  •  Fish Exposed to Pollutants: Avoid fish cultured in contaminated rivers and lakes that are highly exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls. They usually include salmon, striped bass, bluefish, walleye and trout.
  •  Raw Shellfish: Undercooked shellfish like oysters, mussels and clams can cause majority of sea borne illnesses.

Cooking them can prevent some of the infections, but not algae related infections. Therefore, it is good this foods to avoid when pregnant.

I must say that you need just to avoid this kind of fish and seafood, but not completely to discard from your diet, because this kind of food is healthy if you used in modest quantities.

We all know that the sea fish is standard food in kitchen of Japanese people and other Asian nations, but also know that they have the best health and they live longer than any other nations in the world.

4. Unwashed fruits and vegetables

Do you wash your fruits and vegetables or not?

It may seem like a silly question, but most of us know that we’re supposed to wash our produce, but that rule just isn’t completely black and white.

Some of us grew up in households with parents who just didn’t rinse their produce (and so washing veggies wasn’t an automatic reaction). Others wash their veggies only when visibly dirty, even though we all know that pesticides aren’t visible to the naked eye.

Some wash their produce only when they remember; and others only if they aren’t going to remove the peel.

Then there are those who always, always wash their produce — sometimes more than once, and sometimes with fancy gadgets, too.

According to the FDA, you should wash all produce under running water before you cut, cook or eat it — regardless of if you buy it at the supermarket, farmers market or grow it in your own backyard.

Unwashed produce can be contaminated with bacteria, that when consumed can lead to food-borne illness.

5. Soft Cheeses

Imported soft cheeses may contain listeria.

You should need to avoid soft cheeses such as

  • Brie,
  • Camembert,
  • Roquefort,
  • Feta,
  • Gorgonzola and
  • Mexican style cheeses that include queso blanco and queso fresco, unless they clearly state that they are made from pasteurized milk.

All soft non-imported cheeses made with pasteurized milk are safe to eat.

6. Avoid excess caffeine

Avoid excess caffeine when pregnant

High levels of caffeine can increase the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight and experiencing a difficult birth.

Caffeine is naturally found in lots of foods, such as coffee, tea and chocolate, and is added to some soft drinks and energy drinks. Some cold and flu remedies also contain caffeine.

Talk to your midwife, doctor or pharmacist before taking these remedies.

You don’t need to cut out caffeine completely but don’t have more than 300mg a day.

The approximate amounts of caffeine found in food and drinks are:

  •  one cup of instant coffee: 60-80mg
  •  one cup of filter coffee: 60-120mg
  •  one cup of tea: 10-50mg
  •  one 375g can of cola: 48.75mg
  •  one 250ml can of energy drink: 80mg
  •  one 100g bar of milk chocolate: around 20mg.

So if you have, for example, one bar of chocolate and one mug of filter coffee, you have reached almost 200mg of caffeine.

Don’t worry if you occasionally have more than this amount, the risks are quite small. To cut down on caffeine, try decaffeinated tea and coffee. Drink fruit juice or mineral water instead of regular tea, coffee and cola.

7. Avoid alcohol

Avoid alcohol when pregnantOne drink isn’t likely to hurt your baby, but no level of alcohol has been proved safe during pregnancy. The safest bet is to avoid alcohol entirely.

Consider the risks. Mothers who drink alcohol have a higher risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. Too much alcohol during pregnancy can result in fetal alcohol syndrome, which can cause facial deformities, heart defects and mental retardation.

Even moderate drinking can impact your baby’s brain development.

If you’re concerned about alcohol you drank before you knew you were pregnant or you think you need help to stop drinking, consult your health care provider.

To have a healthy pregnancy these are certain taste sacrifices a mother should go through to have a healthy and happy child!!

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