Thursday, June 20, 2013

Some Foods to Avoid While Pregnant

Prenatal vitamins + well balance food diet are very important during pregnancy, because the nutrients you get from them will help in developing the baby inside you. Pregnant women should eat about 300 calories more than the usual ( gosh I eat more than that!)

And there are also foods that pregnant women should avoid, these are;


Raw Meat and Seafood – Uncooked or undercooked meat whether it’s fish, pork or chicken should be avoided. Because these type of food have high risk of contamination with bacteria, toxoplasmosis and salmonella. Oyster and clams should also be avoided.

At this point in time let's say NO to sushi and undercooked steaks.


Fish with Mercury – Some fish like shark, swordfish and king mackerel contain high level of mercury. These fishes should be avoided because mercury consumed during pregnancy period may cause child developmental delays and brain damage. 

Raw Eggs –Like raw meat, raw eggs should also be avoided because of potential exposure to salmonella. Also take caution when consuming salad dressings, mayonnaise or homemade ice cream because they may be made with raw eggs.

Alcohol – It is said that exposure to alcohol during pregnancy may cause to premature delivery, mental retardation, birth defects and low birth weight babies. So, if you are an alcohol drinker, it’s time for you to stop the moment you learn you are pregnant.

Caffeine – Caffeine should only be taken in moderation during pregnancy but should be avoided during the first trimester, because accordingly caffeine might increase the risk of miscarriage.

There are still a lot of foods that are not good while pregnant, so it's better to knowabout them more and avoid them as much as possible.