You definitely don’t need to be reminded that this is one of the most important times of your life. I’m sure you’ve heard this many times before. But everything you do and (more specifically) everything you eat will have an impact, in one way or another, on your health and your baby’s development.
Eat the right foods and enjoy the many health benefits, including the confidence of knowing you are providing the absolute best for your baby. Eat the wrong foods and you could spend your pregnancy feeling sluggish, bloated, sore and constantly tired. Worse still, you may come into contact with one of several dangerous bacteria. Needless to say, it is vitally important for pregnant women to learn about foods to avoid.
Foods to avoid:
- Junk food – They don’t really have redeeming qualities. Besides high doses of salt and/or sugar, some junk foods contain synthetic vitamin A, which can be toxic.
- trans fat found in many snack foods and packaged convenience foods. them wretched for your health and wretched for your baby. They increase the risk of heart attack and some cancers and raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. (Side note: it’s also common in many baby foods, like cereals and cookies). Watch out for Trans Fats and avoid them!
- MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) It is an additive increasingly used by manufacturers to alter the taste of various foods. May cause headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
- Caffeine has been associated with low birth weight and should be avoided if possible. If you must have it, at least keep it to a minimum.
- Alcohol – Needless to say, it can have harmful effects on the fetus, so please avoid it.
- Soy – Often thought of as a healthy food, it can actually interfere with the absorption of vital nutrients.
- some seafood – Avoid seafood with high mercury content. This list includes swordfish, mackerel, and shark, to name a few. High doses of mercury can damage your baby’s nervous system. On the other hand, some types of fish (with much lower mercury levels) can be very beneficial.
- Raw and undercooked meat – Watch out for raw and undercooked meat and seafood. It can be contaminated with Salmonella, coliform bacteria or toxoplasmosis.
- raw egg May be contaminated with salmonella. This includes foods containing raw eggs, such as mayonnaise and Hollandaise sauce.
- raw sprouts It has even been found to contain salmonella in some cases.
- soft cheeses (blue, Brie, feta) may also contain dangerous latent bacteria.
- unpasteurized milk – Avoid anything that contains unpasteurized milk and can also contain bacteria.
- Liver (including pate) may contain high levels of vitamin A. Too much can increase the risk of birth defects.
As you can see, the list of foods that pregnant women should avoid is quite extensive and this is just a sampling. The adverse effects of these foods can range from minor ailments to serious illnesses. Therefore, choosing your foods carefully is very important for you and your developing baby.