Touch Me Not's: Food's to Avoid When Pregnant

Most moms-to-be are confused about what to eat and what not to eat during pregnancy.
Foods not to touch during pregnancy

Most moms-to-be are confused about what to eat and what not to eat during pregnancy. With all the "do this" and "don't do this" advice floating around the news and the internet, you may hesitate to take even a tiny bite out of your favorite foods. To make things easier for you, here is a breakdown of foods to avoid when you're pregnant.

Foods to stay away from during pregnancy

Certain foods are not good for you and your growing baby and it's best to stay away from them during these nine months. Given below is a list of what 'not' to eat during pregnancy.

  • Alcohol: This is a complete no-no when you are pregnant. Alcohol reaches the placenta very quickly through the bloodstream, affecting your baby.
  • Caffeine: High intake of caffeine may increase the risk of miscarriage. One small cup of coffee in the morning, however, is alright.
  • Raw Meat: There is a risk of contracting bacterial infections when you eat raw or undercooked meats. This can damage the baby and also elevate the risk of miscarriage. Eat meat that is properly cooked and fully done.
  • Raw eggs: Eggs that are raw or undercooked may contain salmonella. You should even avoid eggnog and homemade mayonnaise.
  • Deli meats: These meats may contain listeria which can lead to miscarriage or stillbirths. Avoid eating hot dogs or deli meat sandwiches.
  • Fish: Eating fish which contain high levels of mercury can affect brain development in your baby. Such fish include tuna, swordfish and king mackerel. You can eat other types of fish though.
  • Soft cheeses: Blue cheese, feta cheese and other imported cheeses also contain listeria and hence are among the forbidden foods during pregnancy. Pasteurized cheeses are safe to eat.
  • Artificial sweeteners: Beverages that are artificially sweetened can increase the risk of pre-term delivery and hence it is best to stay away from diet cokes and sodas.

There are no specific fruits to avoid during pregnancy, although some health experts recommend avoidance of papaya, pineapple and grapes. However, it is best to talk to your obstetrician before making changes to your diet. The only fruits and vegetables to avoid during pregnancy and those which are considered to be "forbidden pregnancy foods" are unwashed ones. Always make sure that you wash your veggies and fruits properly under running water before eating.

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