10 foods all pregnant women should avoid – Foods to avoid during pregnancy

Every expectant mom knows there are certain foods that should be avoided during pregnancy to protect the health of their unborn baby The list, however, has become so long and so controversial that it’s difficult to know which foods/drinks actually pose a health risk and which ones are actually safe for consumption

When it comes to pregnancy, there are certain foods that should most definitely be avoided Foods that are too high in mercury or Vitamin A can pose a health risk to your baby, as can foods that are known to cause foodborne illness such as Listeriosis and Salmonella poisoning If you don’t cut anything else out of your diet during your pregnancy, make sure you remove the following foods 1 Feta Cheese

Feta is a popular form of cheese, used in many salads and pastas and adored by food connoisseurs all over the world If you’re a cheese lover who craves it even more during pregnancy, it’s important to know what cheese is safe Unfortunately, this type of cheese has been linked to foodborne illness 2 King Mackerel

King mackerel may be a healthy source of omega-3 fatty acids for average individuals but the high level of mercury in this particular fish can be potentially dangerous to your unborn baby Too much mercury can damage your baby’s developing nervous system The risks of consuming king mackerel fish while pregnant far outweigh the benefits, especially when there are a lot of other fish you can eat instead For those who really like mackerel, there are some other types of mackerel that are okay in moderation 3

Caffeinated Coffee or Tea The amount of caffeine a pregnant woman can safely consume has been widely argued by many experts Caffeine can cross the placenta and affect your baby’s heart rate Common sources of caffeine include, but are not limited to, coffee, tea and pop Many doctors recommend that pregnant women consume no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day

4 Brie Cheese Brie cheese, similar to feta cheese, is commonly unpasteurized and can pose potential health risks to you and your unborn baby These types of soft cheeses are commonly linked to foodborne illnesses such as Listeriosis Listeriosis can be incredibly dangerous for pregnant women

Even a mild form of this infection can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or severe illness in newborn babies Always check the label and avoid any foods that indicate that they are “unpasteurized” Some doctors say that if the unpasteurized cheese is cooked, it is okay to eat, but you shouldn’t take this chance until you’ve spoken with your doctor 5 Deli Meats

Deli meats are a staple lunch item in households across North America They’re convenient and cheap, make filling sandwiches, and children generally like them, but their safety related to pregnant women has been a controversial topic for years In general, processed deli meats should be avoided during pregnancy These meats have been linked to causing Listeriosis – a dangerous foodborne illness that can cause miscarriage, severe illness and even stillbirths The average person would feel mild flu-like symptoms but the disease is much more severe for women who are pregnant

6 Liver Liver – and most liver products – contain dangerously high amounts of Vitamin A Too much Vitamin A, especially during the first few months of pregnancy, has been linked to birth defects in babies Monitor your intake of Vitamin A and avoid high-dose multi-vitamin supplements, fish liver oil supplements and any supplement containing Vitamin A

7 Unpasteurized Milk Much like unpasteurized cheeses unpasteurized milk can pose huge health risks to your unborn baby Don’t drink raw milk, including sheep’s milk or goat’s milk Unpasteurized milk, along with uncooked and unwashed food, is a vehice for carrying pathogens that can make you extremely sick

Raw milk is at a significantly higher risk of being contaminated with Listeria compared to pasteurized milk, which can result in the disease Listeriosis 8 Uncooked Eggs Many people toss a few uncooked eggs into their morning smoothies to give it a protein boost but pregnant woman should avoid eating uncooked eggs altogether In their uncooked form, eggs pose a huge risk for salmonella poisoning

While an unborn baby can’t have salmonella poisoning , there are several side effects that can impact the baby’s health and labor Some of these include causing early labor and dehydration, since salmonella poisoning leads to vomiting and diarrhea 9 Swordfish Similar to King mackerel, shark and swordfish can potentially contain dangerous levels of mercury for pregnant women

As we noted earlier, too much mercury can damage your baby’s developing nervous system Instead, eat healthier fish like canned light tuna, salmon, shrimp or cod – but make sure you monitor your intake FDA guidelines state that pregnant women can eat up to 12 ounces (340 grams) of mercury contaminated fish per week, which averages to about 2 seafood meals 10 Blue Cheese

Another popular type of cheese that doesn’t make the cut of cheeses that are safe to eat when pregnant is blue cheese Blue cheese can lead to foodborne illness These products are generally made with unpasteurized milk which has often been linked to Listeriosis

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