Being pregnant is an amazing event in every woman’s life. However, as wonderful as it gets, it can be quite confusing too. The only reason why this stage could become confusing is because of the fact that there is so much information out there that women no longer know what to believe.
One particular subject women have to deal with is the diet they are having. Due to the fact that there is a shift in the normal levels of hormones, a woman can experience a large amount of food cravings. However, it is best to talk to your doctor before consuming the foods you crave so much. You might be surprised, but there are some which should be avoided while you are expecting. Here are some of them. Hopefully, they should help you out a bit.
- Eggs – They should be avoided if they are partially cooked or even raw. They might carry the risk of infection with salmonella. Vomiting and diarrhea are only a few of the consequences such an infection brings along. Needless to say that the baby’s health will certainly be affected.
- Alcohol – It is a substance that should not be consumed during pregnancy, as it will increase the risk for fetal alcohol syndrome, development related conditions and even miscarriages. Remember that there is no safe amount of alcohol during these months.
- Coffee – A limit should be placed on the amount of coffee you are having. The caffeine can affect your baby’s heart rate. Also, it encourages miscarriages and the low weight of the baby. It should be drank only after the first semester, in moderated amounts, though.
- Fish – We all know that it is a great resource for the Omega 3, but fish can also contain high amounts of mercury. This substance can interfere with the baby’s nervous system and brain development. Swordfish, shark or marlin have high amounts of mercury. Avoid them and choose salmon, tuna or shrimp, instead.
- Raw meat – Whether it is raw or undercooked, meat can cause toxoplasmosis, an infection which has the ability to affect the unborn child. If you are eating meat, make sure it is extremely well cooked.
- Raw papaya – Again, in a raw or semi-ripe state, papaya can increase the risk for miscarriages, as they are rich in latex, a substance that causes the uterus to contract itself.
- Any soft cheese – Feta, brie, Gorgonzola, Roquefort or Camembert, they should all be avoided during pregnancy, as they might carry a bacteria named listeria. It can cause miscarriages in the worst case scenario. Preterm delivery or severe illnesses are also on the list.
- Raw sprouts – Though, in general, they are considered a healthy snack, in the case of a pregnancy, things are not like this. They might carry listeria, salmonella and E-coli. All of them can cause food poisoning, ultimately damaging the unborn baby.
Keep in mind that these are only a few of the foods a pregnant woman should avoid eating. Always talk to your doctor and keep him updated with everything that happens in your life during this period.