here are some foods that you should avoid during pregnancy.
Number One :
Uncooked seafood and rare or undercooked beef or poultry
should be avoided because of the risk of contamination with
coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella.
Number Two :
Deli meats have been known to be contaminated with listeria,
which can cause miscarriage. Listeria has the ability to cross
the placenta and may infect the baby, which could lead to
infection or blood poisoning and may be life-threatening.
If you are pregnant and you are considering eating deli meats,
make certain that you reheat the meat until it is steaming.
Number Three :
Fish with Mercury
Fish that contain high levels of mercury should be avoided.
Mercury consumed during pregnancy has been linked to
developmental delays and brain damage. A sample of these
types of fish includes: shark, swordfish, king mackerel,
and tilefish. Canned, chunk light tuna generally has a
lower amount of mercury than other tuna, but
still should only be eaten in moderation.
Number Four :
Refrigerated, smoked seafood often labeled as lox, nova style,
kippered, or jerky should be avoided because it could be
contaminated with listeria. These are safe to eat when
they are in an ingredient in a meal that has been cooked,
like a casserole. This type of fish is often found in the
deli section of your grocery store. Canned or
shelf-safe smoked seafood is usually fine to eat.
Number Five :
Imported soft cheeses may contain listeria.
You would need to avoid soft cheeses such as brie,
Camembert, Roquefort, feta, Gorgonzola, and
Mexican style cheeses that include queso blanco
and queso fresco, unless they clearly state that they
are made from pasteurized milk. All soft non-imported
cheeses made with pasteurized milk are safe to eat.
Number Six :
The majority of seafood-borne illness is caused
by undercooked shellfish, which include oysters,
clams, and mussels. Cooking helps prevent some
types of infection, but it does not prevent the algae
related infections that are associated with red tides.
Raw shellfish pose a concern for everybody, and they
should be avoided altogether during pregnancy.
Number Seven :
Raw eggs or any foods that contain raw eggs should be avoided
because of the potential exposure to salmonella. Some homemade
Caesar dressings, mayonnaise, homemade ice cream or custards,
and Hollandaise sauces may be made with raw eggs. If the recipe is
cooked at some point, this will reduce the exposure to salmonella.
Commercially manufactured ice cream, dressings, and eggnog is made with
pasteurized eggs and do not increase the risk of salmonella.
Restaurants should be using pasteurized eggs in any recipe
that is made with raw eggs, such as Hollandaise sauce or dressings.
Number Eight :
Fish Exposed to Industrial Pollutants
Avoid fish from contaminated lakes and rivers that may be
exposed to high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls.
This is primarily for those who fish in local lakes and streams.
These fish include bluefish, striped bass, salmon, pike, trout,
and walleye. Contact the local health department or Environmental
Protection Agency to determine which fish are safe to eat in
your area. Remember, this is regarding fish caught in local
waters and not fish from your local grocery store.
Number Nine :
Unpasteurized milk may contain listeria. Make sure
that any milk you drink is pasteurized.
Number Ten :
Refrigerated pate or meat spreads should be avoided
because they may contain the bacteria listeria.
Canned pate or shelf-safe meat spreads can be eaten.
Number Eleven :
Although most studies show that caffeine intake in
moderation is permissible, there are others that show
that caffeine intake may be related to miscarriages.
Avoid caffeine during the first trimester to reduce
the likelihood of a miscarriage. As a general rule,
caffeine should be limited to fewer than 200 mg
per day during pregnancy. Caffeine is a diuretic,
which means it helps eliminate fluids from the body.
Number Twelve :
There is NO amount of alcohol that is known to be safe
during pregnancy, and therefore alcohol should be
avoided during pregnancy. Prenatal exposure to alcohol
can interfere with the healthy development of the baby.
Depending on the amount, timing, and pattern of use,
alcohol consumption during pregnancy can lead to Fetal
Alcohol Syndrome or other developmental disorders.
If you consumed alcohol before you knew you were pregnant,
stop drinking now. You should continue to avoid alcohol
during breastfeeding. Exposure of alcohol to an infant poses
harmful risks, and alcohol does reach the baby during breastfeeding.
Number Thirteen :
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