What Foods Should I Avoid During Pregnancy?
Guest Article by Alan Murray, www.Baby-Names.tv
Extra care is needed when choosing foods to eat during pregnancy. Some foods carry a higher risk so below we have a guide on what to avoid during pregnancy. You are more vulnerable to food poisoning during pregnancy and any bought of sickness can cause harm to your baby.
It is best to avoid unpasteurized cheeses made from sheep or goats milk. Other cheeses to avoid are soft, mould-ripened cheeses like brie and camembert. These cheeses could contain listeria bacteria, which can cause an infection called listeriosis. This can be damaging to your baby. Also avoid blue-veined cheeses such as Stilton and Danish blue.
Uncooked or raw eggs can contain salmonella bacteria. Cook eggs thoroughly till the yolk and white are firm. Be careful of eating ice cream, meringues, mousses, fresh mayonnaise and sorbets from shops or restaurants as they all may contain raw eggs. Soft boiled eggs also should not be eaten due to the risk of salmonella.
If frying eggs do them on both sides, if you are having poached eggs make sure the white is set and the yoke is firm.
All pate should be avoided due to the risk of bacteria such as Listeria. This cause’s listeriosis which is normally harmless however in pregnant women it can serous affect your unborn child.
Some fish should be avoided while pregnant this is due to high mercury levels in some fish. The following should be avoided, marlin, swordfish, and shark.
Also all types of raw shellfish should be avoided. Cooked shellfish is fine just make sure you cook them properly.
You should limit your intake of tuna to 4 tins per week or up to two steaks per week. Tuna has a mercury level but these amounts are considered safe.
Liver is high in vitamin A and these high levels can cause harm to your baby.
Unpasteurized milk and juices
Most milk and juices have been pasteurized, however its best to check the label, some of freshly squeezed juices have not been pasteurized. Check the label to make sure they have been.
Unwashed fruits and vegetables
Make sure you thoroughly wash all fruit and veg. Also don’t eat raw vegetable sprouts, like radish, clover and alfalfa.
Coffee – It’s been recommended not to drink more 200mg of caffeine per day. This adds up to two cups per day, tea mugs of tea, or 5 cans of fizzy juice. Too much caffeine has been linked both miscarriage and low baby weight.
Alcohol and Pregnancy
Government advice on this has changed. It now advises that you do not drink during pregnancy. If you do want to have a drink, then to limit it to no more than 2 units per day and no more than twice per week. It’s also thought best to avoid alcohol during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Given this advice if you are actively trying for a baby, it best to think about your alcohol consumption during this time as well.
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