Do you know which foods you should avoid during pregnancy? If not, you’d better keep reading. Even if you do, read on to increase your knowledge on the best pregnancy diet.
Raw Meats and Liver
It’s time to avoid raw meats like seafood, sushi, beef, poultry, and more. They carry the risk of toxoplasmosis, salmonella and E.coli bacteria. Deli meats containing hot dogs caused a type of food poisoning known on a large scale as Listeriosis. This is especially harmful to fetuses. Although the risk is lower with deli meats, what mother-to-be would want to risk the life of her unborn baby?
Animal livers are also avoided because of the high amount of vitamin A they contain. Excess of this vitamin can cause birth defects in your baby. Therefore, it is recommended to completely exclude liver from your pregnancy diet plan.
Fish containing high levels of mercury or PCBs (Poly Chlorinated Biphenyls) are sold in many parts of the United States. Excess mercury can cause brain damage to your baby or delay your child’s learning processes after birth. In addition, it can also lead to a decrease in IQ, memory and concentration in children.
Blue cheese, camber, feta, soft feta, and blue-veined cheese are examples of soft cheeses. They have a higher chance of being contaminated with Listeria bacteria, which can cause serious illness in you or your baby.
The two most commonly consumed artificial sweeteners are aspartame and saccharin. While there is no evidence of the harmful effects of aspartame, saccharin has been found to cause birth defects as well as cancer in rats. These sweeteners are often found in diet sodas, colas, and other soft drinks. Therefore, it is best to avoid them. Drink milk, juices, and water instead.
Some studies have also shown that raw sprouts contain salmonella bacteria. If you want to be safer, stay away from raw sprouts; better yet, avoid cooked ones as well.
In addition to knowing which foods to avoid, you should also be aware of the post-pregnancy diet, especially if you choose to breastfeed. Because everything you eat and drink passes into your milk, which in turn passes to your baby.
Read articles and books online or otherwise to increase your knowledge about foods to avoid during pregnancy.