6 Foods And Drinks To Avoid During Pregnancy
Just found out your pregnant? If so, you likely have a number of thoughts and questions regarding diet and exercise.
You’re wondering what you can do to ensure your baby develops as healthy as possible.
What you eat will have a large influence on your baby’s health, so paying attention to ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ foods is important.
Let’s take you through some of the unsafe foods that you’ll want to avoid during your pregnancy.
Steer clear of these for the next 1-9 months ahead and your baby will be thanking you.
As healthy as sushi is most of the time, while pregnant, it’s really not the best of options.
Some fish varieties are also relatively high in mercury content, which is also critical to avoid while pregnant.
Such fish varieties include shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tuna.
Many sushi dishes are also prepared with mayonnaise and since raw eggs or anything containing raw eggs should be avoided, that’s strike two for this type of food.
Steer clear of sushi restaurants for the time being.
Another protein source that just got banned from your grocery list is deli meat.
Deli meat is often contaminated with listeria, which can bring on a miscarriage.
Even if you are choosing healthy options like chicken or turkey, it’s still not a good idea to include these in your plan.
If you must cook the meat prior to eating. This ensures any harmful bacteria are killed off in the meat.
Soft cheese is another food to avoid during pregnancy.
This includes cheese such as brie, feta, gorgonzola, as well as camembert, along with any other cheese that is not made from pasteurised milk.
Which then only stands to reason that you should be avoiding all unpasteurised milk itself as well.
As much as you may crave that cup of coffee to get you going during the morning after not getting much sleep at night, you need to refrain from doing so.
There are some reports that caffeine, especially during the first trimester, can be linked to miscarriage.
While one small cup of coffee on occasion likely won’t cause too much of an issue, don’t take in any more than around 150-200 mg of caffeine.
In addition to the miscarriage risk, caffeine will also dehydrate the body and that can also lead to problems for both you and the baby.
Sip some hot water with lemon instead for a much smarter option.
Which leads us to the next thing to avoid – herbal tea. Unless you have been told by your doctor that the tea you are thinking about having is fine, skip over these beverages.
The data is out on what influence herbal tea can have on your baby, so you’ll want to proceed with caution.
While eating an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables during pregnancy is important provided they are all thoroughly washed, you’ll want to steer clear of any raw sprouts.
This includes alfalfa sprouts, clover sprouts, as well as mung bean sprouts.
These sprouts have are often known to contain disease carrying bacteria, so if you are going to include them in your diet plan, cook them first to be safe.
These are some of the main foods and beverages to keep out of your diet for the months ahead.
Your developing baby is depending on you to get his or her nutrition in, so be sure that you are feeding your baby the right foods.