Pregnancy is one of the most important time period in every woman’s life. Therefore, eating well-balanced meals is very important for all pregnant women. There are varieties of nutritious food choices available in the market, but there are few foods which are not completely safe for developing baby. Therefore pregnant women should be very cautious while choosing food items and need to avoid all foods which are not safe for their developing baby. Here we have prepared the list of top 10 foods that each pregnant lady should avoid during Pregnancy.
High-Mercury Fish – Pregnant women should not eat high-mercury fish such as Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel and Tilefish. Consumption of fish that contains high levels of mercury during pregnancy can harm baby’s developing brain and nervous system. However there are certain types of fish which contain low levels of mercury are safe to eat for pregnant women.
Raw or Undercooked eggs are not safe for pregnant women to eat as they pose a huge risk for salmonella poisoning. If you eat an egg containing salmonella, you may experience abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, chills, fever or headache within 6 to 72 hours after consuming it.
Raw sprouts like clover, radish and beans can lead to salmonella – a disease caused by the bacteria residing on the sprouts. The disease springs from the contaminated seeds when consumed. The seeds are stored in dry conditions wherein the bacteria remain dormant, but once they are sprouted in a warm environment the bacterial growth gets activated. E-coli and salmonella bacteria cause diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramping and fever and other serious illnesses in pregnant women.
Food craving during pregnancy is very common. However, sweet food cravings should be carefully handled for the sake of good health of both mother and the baby. Consuming too much sugar during pregnancy is bad for health. Therefore, pregnant women should decrease their sugar intake especially during nine months.
Unwashed Fruits and Vegetables are contaminated with pesticides and many harmful bacteria which can be found on the outer peel or rind. Babies are more susceptible to pesticides than Mom or any adult, especially at critical times of development. The FDA recommends completely washing raw vegetables before eating or preparing.
Eating undercooked or raw meat increases the risk of infection from several bacteria or parasites like Toxoplasma, E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella. Pregnant women should not consume processed meat products unless they’ve been reheated until steaming hot.
Caffeine – Pregnant women are generally advised to limit their caffeine intake to less than 200 mg per day. High caffeine intake during pregnancy can limit fetal growth and cause low birth weight.
Alcohol – Pregnant women are advised to completely avoid drinking alcohol, as it increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. Even a small amount can negatively impact your baby’s brain development.
Unpasteurized milk or Dairy products are at a significantly higher risk of being contaminated with a bacteria called Listeria, which can result in the disease Listeriosis. Listeriosis is a dangerous infection that can lead to miscarriage, severe illness and even stillbirth.
Canned foods are not completely safe for pregnant women as food reacts chemically with the metal container and most cans often contains Bisphenol A (BPA) which leak into food and drink, leading to an 80 per cent increase in the risk of miscarriage.