Thursday, October 5, 2017

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Unlike popular belief, there are very few foodstuffs that you must totally avoid while you are pregnant. However during this time, you could start loving or craving for certain foodstuffs while disliking others that you may have liked before pregnancy. This is perfectly normal; so follow your taste buds but also making sure that you are taking a healthy diet for you and your baby.

There are a handful of foods that is best avoided during this time as these carry the risk of causing food poisoning that may be potentially harmful for you as well as your baby. These include;

Image result for Foods to Avoid During PregnancyDairy Products – Any dairy product that you take like cow’s milk, goat’s milk, yogurt or cheese must be pasteurized. It is also advisable to stay away from soft and blue-veined cheeses during this time as it can be contaminated with listeria if not stored properly. Listeriosis can lead to a miscarriage, still born or a baby with birth defects.

Some examples of soft or blue cheeses include Camembert, goat cheese, feta, Brie and Roquefort. Also stay away from Mexican style cheeses like Panela, queso fresco and queso blanco. Hard cheeses like Swiss or cheddar and semi-soft ones like cream cheese, mozzarella or Monterey Jack are quite safe as these are made from pasteurized milk.

Raw or precooked foods – Cold cuts, precooked delicatessen meats, raw meats or seafood are best avoided during this time. Raw or undercooked eggs can cause salmonella food poisoning which can be really dangerous for you and your baby’s health. While taking eggs, make sure these are thoroughly cooked; avoid taking salad dressings or mayonnaise which contain raw egg as an ingredient.

Also ensure that the meat is cooked well especially if you are eating kebabs or steaks. Avoid taking meat that still retains a pink color like a rare steak and this lead to food poisoning like salmonella infection or toxoplasmosis. Raw or cured meat like Parma ham is another no during this time.
Use a food thermometer if you are not sure if the food is cooked all the way through. Pork dishes must be cooked at 145°F, poultry between 170 to 180°F and seafood at 145°F.

Seafood – Though seafood is extremely healthy, there are certain types that you need to avoid during pregnancy. It is best to stay away from swordfish or similar large predatory fish as these contain higher quantities of mercury which can lead to mercury poisoning.

Sushi – Sushi platters made with raw fish is also to be avoided while you are pregnant as it can be contaminated with certain bacteria and parasites which might be harmful for you or your baby. Sometimes, there is no risk but you could end up suffering from vomiting and dehydration which takes a toll on your baby too.

Ready-to-eat foods – Ready-to-eat meals like salads or sandwiches is best avoided during this time especially if it contains meat, seafood or eggs, Improper storage and handling of these ingredients put up at risk of getting food poisoning from organisms like Salmonella or Listeria which is bad for you and your baby.

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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Unlike popular belief, there are very few foodstuffs that you must totally avoid while you are pregnant. However during this time, you coul...