Every pregnant woman knows there are certain things like smoking or drinking she should stay away from, but what about eating? Just how regulated should a pregnant woman’s eating patterns should be? As it turns out, certain foods can have harmful effects on a pregnant woman and the list of foods pregnant women shouldn’t eat seems to be getting longer every day.
For instance, foods that are too high in Vitamin A or mercury can be quite harmful to the baby, but so can foods that are known to carry foodborne pathogens like Listeriosis or Salmonella. This being said, here are the ten foods you should never eat if you’re pregnant.
While some fish are safe to eat during pregnancy, other can cause serious complications for both the mother and the baby. The reason why swordfish is dangerous is because its meat usually contains high levels of mercury. Mercury can cause serious damage to the baby’s nervous system and can cause birth complications. Instead, pregnant women would do best to consume canned tuna, salmon, shrimp, or cod meat.
One of the reasons why blue cheese is dangerous for pregnant women is because of its unpasteurized milk contents. As you may or may not know, unpasteurized milk has been linked to Listeriosis which is a harmful and potentially fatal infection that may cause miscarriage, severe illness, birth defects, or even stillbirths. So if it’s possible, try to go for cheeses that contain pasteurized milk like mozzarella and cottage cheese.
Although uncooked eggs are a good source of protein, especially as part of morning smoothies, pregnant women would do best to stay away from uncooked eggs in all forms. While they are indeed rich in protein, they can also carry salmonella or cause food poisoning and dehydration. Instead, pregnant women should choose cooked eggs during pregnancy, especially by cooking the eggs until both the egg white and the yolk is solid.
Like we said, unpasteurized milk can pose huge health risks for pregnant women and infants alike. One of the risks of drinking raw milk is the Listeria it can cause, which will result in Listeriosis or diarrhea. For those of you who didn’t know, Listeriosis can cause miscarriages, birth defects or stillbirths. So if you’re craving any milk during pregnancy, do your best to drink pasteurized or cooked milk.
The reason why liver should be avoided by pregnant women is because of its high Vitamin A contents. You see, controlled Vitamin A intake shouldn’t pose any health risks, yet some foods contain an abundance of it. Foods like liver have such a high concentration of Vitamin A that they can cause a multitude of complications for pregnant women. For a healthy dose of Vitamin A, pregnant women would do well to eat fruits and vegetables instead.
The deli meats you find all over North America may be convenient and cheap, but it seems they might be dangerous for pregnant women as well. As it turns out, a pregnant woman should do her best to avoid processed deli meats at all costs as they may cause a multitude of problems like miscarriages or stillbirths. We are, of course, talking about eating them daily not occasionally, as long-term exposure to these meats can cause diseases like Listeriosis.
The main reason why brie cheese can be harmful is because of its unpasteurized contents, which like we said earlier, can cause severe complications. Like most products containing unpasteurized milk, brie cheese can cause Listeriosis. In general, it is best that pregnant women avoid raw milk altogether, not just unpasteurized products. Just to be sure, read the label of any milk-based product you intend on buying to see what type of milk was used when making them.
Although experts continue to disagree on just how much caffeine can be considered safe for a pregnant woman, it is best to stay away from it altogether. According to some doctors, pregnant women should not consume more than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day. On average, a standard 8-ounce cup of coffee contains around 95 milligrams of caffeine, so pregnant women could probably drink two cups of coffee a day or less.
We already talked about the dangers of eating fish rich in mercury and King Mackerel is no different. As a matter of fact, King Mackerel is a lot more dangerous for pregnant women than swordfish or any other mercury-rich fish meat for that matter. Instead, pregnant women would be better off eating canned tuna or salmon if they feel a fish craving and they absolutely must eat fish at some point.
Like blue or brie cheese, feta cheese contains unpasteurized milk. As we already pointed out, unpasteurized milk is extremely dangerous for the fetus and the development of the baby’s central nervous system. In fact, as far as unpasteurized products go, feta cheese is by far the most dangerous of all cheeses. Because of their unpasteurized contents, these cheeses can get infected with Listeriosis, which causes a wide array of complications during pregnancy.
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