Pregnancy is a time for celebrating the miracle of life. But it can also be a time of worry because you’re carrying another human being inside your body. And since every baby is unique, your pregnancy needs to be different from anyone else’s. To help you get through this exciting but challenging time, I’ve put together an easy guide on what foods to avoid during pregnancy—and why they’re important!
Foods to avoid during pregnancy-
Here are some of the most common ones that you should avoid during pregnancy:
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause several problems. It can cause birth defects, miscarriage, and low birth weight.
You should avoid drinking any alcohol at all during pregnancy because it can affect your baby’s development. If you do decide to drink alcohol while pregnant, then talk to your pregnancy doctor about how much is safe for you and discuss ways that you can limit the amount of time spent with others who are drinking.
Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it can cause jitters, insomnia, and heartburn. It’s also linked to miscarriage, low birth weight, and preterm birth.
Researchers have also found that caffeine may increase the risk of behavioral problems in children.
- Unpasteurized soft cheeses
Unpasteurized soft cheeses are made with unpasteurized milk, which can contain listeria. This bacteria is a leading cause of foodborne illness in the United States, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If you’re pregnant or planning on having a baby, be aware that consuming unpasteurized cheese may put your health at risk—and even lead to complications such as miscarriage or stillbirth for both you and your baby if you become infected with listeria during pregnancy!
If you’re considering eating soft cheese while pregnant, talk with your doctor first about whether it’s safe for consumption during pregnancy and how much should be consumed at one time before making any decisions about whether or not eating them would be beneficial for either yourself or your unborn child
Fish contains mercury which is a heavy metal that can affect the nervous system of a developing baby. Some types of fish, including sharks, swordfish, and king mackerel contain mercury.
During pregnancy, it’s important to eat foods that provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to grow healthy babies. If you’re pregnant and want to avoid certain foods during this time, talk to a doctor about how much fish you should eat each week
- Some nuts
Avoid peanuts, cashews, and tree nuts that have not been cooked. These foods are a common cause of food allergies in children.
Cashews can be a choking hazard for babies, so you should also avoid them during pregnancy.
Tree nuts such as almonds, Brazil nuts, and pistachios are allergenic (meaning they make your body produce antibodies against them).
- Raw sprouts
Raw sprouts are a common source of food poisoning. Avoid these raw foods, as well as any other raw vegetables that you cannot cook yourself:
- Avoid raw cabbage and lettuce, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea when eaten in large quantities.
- Cook all types of bean sprouts until they are soft (but not mushy). This will kill any harmful bacteria and make them safe for consumption.
Cooked bean sprouts should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer so that they last longer than one day before opening the bag again; however, it is still recommended that you cook your seeds rather than buying them ready-topped at the store because there may be extra ingredients added during production which could make them unsafe for consumption by anyone except those with allergies or sensitivities
While these lists are certainly not all-inclusive, they include some of the most common and well-known foods that should be avoided during pregnancy. And remember, whether or not you eat something on this list is up to you and what works best for your body.
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