Pregnancy is one of the beautiful phases in a woman’s life. It’s not just your body that will change, but the way you think and feel about yourself, your priorities, your attitude, your lifestyle…well, everything is about to change. So to facilitate a happy pregnancy, careful food habits needs to be infused in your system at an early stage.
Craving for your favourite food during pregnancy is a perfectly normal thing. You can enjoy eating anything you desire. Just have a habit of averting few foods that pose health risks for you and your baby. Pregnant women are usually showered with tons of well-meant advice on what not to eat when pregnant, which later arises confusions for the expecting mother. In such situations it is best for you to seek only expert advice, as they are the better sources to confirm you what you need to add or minus from your regular diet.
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Top 23 Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy:
Here is our expert guide of 23 foods to be avoided during pregnancy with solutions. To help you make wise food choices to protect and nourish you and your baby. Read through and enjoy a healthy pregnancy:
1. Certain Seafood And Fish:
No, we are not asking you to give away all your fish cravings! Only some type of fishes should be avoided to stay away from any fetal damage possibilities and other complications.
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 to avoid any kind of shellfish during pregnancy.
To have a healthy pregnancy these are certain taste sacrifices a mother should go through!!
Solution: Fishes are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids,if you cannot do without fish, you can go for fresh water ones.You can easily enjoy up to 12 ounces, that is two servings a week of very low-mercury freshly cooked fish, such as salmon, shrimp, etc.
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2. Raw Or Undercooked Eggs:
Mmmm…yummy cooked eggs are so delectable isn’t it? Yes it is, but as our article illustrates, there are certain ways of having your perfect egg during pregnancy. Raw eggs, runny eggs and undercooked eggs are a big no-no. Homemade desserts and sauces such as chocolate mousse, cakes, mayonnaise, etc., containing raw eggs must be avoided as they may be tainted with salmonella bacteria causing vomiting and diarrhea.
Solution: The one and only way of having safe eggs is that – Eggs should be cooked until the yolks are firm. Go for a well done omelet. Buy salad dressings that are either egg-less or use pasteurized eggs. These kill the risk and you can enjoy a happy egg-tarian meal!
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3. Undercooked Meat & Poultry:
Yes we know meat is vital need for any non vegetarian person. Expecting women, who love to gorge on meat, would need some restrictions during pregnancy. Research has proven that raw or uncooked meat must be avoided as they contain listeria bacteria. Refrigerated meat such as goat, lamb, beef, etc., must be heated up to 73 degree Celsius. Same is for poultry such as chicken, ham, turkey, duck, geese, etc.
Due to toxoplasma gondii parasite present in raw meat & poultry expecting mothers can experience food poisoning. These can cause vomiting, miscarriages and fetal damage.
Solution: If at all you need to consume meat, make sure it’s not uncooked or under-cooked.Wash meat and poultry items well before using, so as to remove the bacteria in them. Always prefer to eat meat or poultry at home rather than outside. Use of food thermometer while cooking is recommended.
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4. Unpasteurized Dairy Products:
No doubt everyone has been telling you to have lots of milk pregnancy, and they are not wrong. Milk does provide you with calcium, proteins and minerals. However, if unpasteurized dairy products are ingested, you run the risk of contracting severe food poisoning. Therefore, avoid all sorts of dairy products that are not pasteurized.
Solution: If youlove milk and milk products you can easily enjoy a happy pregnancy time with simple quality checks. Always drink fresh and boiled milk. Dairy products such as ice cream, ghee, paneer (cottage cheese), etc should be bought off labels which use pasteurized milk.
Without pasteurized milk the food is not healthy for expectant mothers. The other, rather unconventional, option is to opt for non-dairy milks like rice milk, soy milk (only fermented and organic), oat milk and almond milk. These are safer, contain the same nutrients and are also custom made for the lactose intolerant.
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