What Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy?

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Some of the most dangerous foods are the one that seem harmless. Even though you can eat all of the ones from the list bellow when you’re not expecting a baby, you should still be careful not to exaggerate. When becoming a mother, the situation changes dramatically. Remember, you should avoid or pay attention to the following foods even when breastfeeding.

Unwashed Vegetables or Fruits – they have a very important role in your daily life but you must wash them before eating them. Toxoplasmosis (coming from solid wastes) can contaminate the soil where the fruits or vegetables grow.

Raw meat – uncooked seafood or undercooked beef or poultry must be avoided because the risk of containing bacteria such as salmonella is high.

Pate – if you haven’t heard of the bacteria listeria, find that it can be found in refrigerated pate or meat spreads.

Deli meat – they have been known to contain listeria as well as pate. It is a dangerous bacterium that can cross the placenta and harm the baby.

Unpasteurized milk – Unpasteurized milk may contain listeria. Make sure that any milk you drink is pasteurized so that your baby stays safe.

Fish containing high mercury level – Here are a few of the types of fish from this category:  shark, king mackerel, swordfish, and tilefish. Canned, light tuna generally has a lower amount of mercury than other tuna.

Soft cheeses – You need to avoid soft cheeses such as: brie, Camembert, Roquefort, feta, and Gorgonzola unless they clearly state that they are made from pasteurized milk. If not, the risks as mentioned above still remain.

Raw eggs – if you love dressing, mayonnaise, custard or homemade ice cream, you might reconsider. They contain raw eggs and the risk of exposure to salmonella is huge.

Caffeine – if you are a coffee lover, you should refrain from consuming caffeine at least in the first trimester. This way you will reduce the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth weight.

Alcohol – Last but not least, alcohol represents a huge enemy for the baby and you should stop drinking it, even if it’s only a glass. There is no amount of alcohol that is known to be safe during pregnancy, and therefore alcohol should be avoided with any price.

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