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The List is Not Long, But it is Important

New information helping nutritionists to guide us through our major life experiences has become available over the years and it never hurts to brush up on the basics and specifics of what you should not eat when you are pregnant. Did you know certain foods contain coliform, salmonella, toxoplasmosis, and listeria bacteria?

And what are these substances?" Some bacteria that may not be harmful and can easily move through you when you are not pregnant, can cause severe sickness and possible miscarriage when you are in the more delicate condition of nurturing a fetus along with yourself. What foods should a pregnant woman avoid? Raw, partially cooked eggs and products containing raw eggs pregnancy is one food group that pregnant women should avoid.  Unless eggs are completely cooked they may contain bacteria that could cause salmonella. This could be harmful to you and baby.  It's always best to check the label of foods you are unsure of.  Here's a list of foods to avoid when pregnant.

  • Another food pregnant women should avoid is raw or undercooked meats especially beef and chicken. These meats can cause salmonella and toxoplasmosis. To be safe you should; make sure all meats are well done. Wash your hands before and after handling raw meat. Clean all utensils properly. Store Raw meat away from other foods.
  • Other foods pregnant women should avoid are; raw seafood and raw shell fish, because they produce an infection cause by algae. You should also avoid shark, sword fish, king mackerel and tile fish. These fish are known to have high levels of mercury which is harmful to baby. Some sushi is made with fish that contain high mercury so pregnant women should avoid this too. You should avoid smoked seafood, unless it's an ingredient in a well cooked dish. You can eat light caned tuna, but only two cans a week.
  • There are certain types of lake fish that pregnant women should avoid they are; bluefish stripped bass, salmon, pike trout and walleye, because they can contain high levels of mercury.
  • Deli meat has known to have listeria bacteria. If you want to eat deli meat reheat until it is steaming. It is best to avoid meat at social event especially if you are unsure how long it's been out and how it was cooked.
  • What other food should pregnant women avoid? Soft imported cheeses made with unpasteurized milk. This list includes; Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, Feta, Gorgonzola, Queso Blanco and Queso Fresco, Parmesan cheese and pates. Pregnant women should avoid blue veined cheese. You can safely eat soft and hard cheeses made from pasteurized milk.
  • There are certain drinks to avoid. Caffeine should be completely avoided in the first trimester and then limited to 200- 300 mg a day. This is two mugs of coffee or three mugs of tea or 5 caned pops. Consuming more than 200-300 mg could cause baby to have low birth weight and caffeine withdraws. Remember some candies also have caffeine and should be accounted for. Doctors suggest avoiding both alcohol and unpasteurized milk. Drinking alcohol while pregnant can cause fetal alcohol syndrome.

Although it is advisable to eat plenty of fresh produce, (pregnant women should eat between 7 and 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day) all ingredients should be completely washed to avoid toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis has been found to be dangerous to a developing fetus, it is basically a parasitic disease which is caused by the protozoan toxoplasmosis gondii.

All of your food should be completely cooked, do not rely on microwaves to do this. How about peanuts and pregnancy? If someone in your family has a peanut allergy or experiences hay fever, asthma, eczema you should avoid peanuts while you are pregnant. Because of the high doses of Vitamin A you should avoid fish oil, liver and Vitamin A supplements.

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