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5 foods to avoid dur­ing preg­nan­cy

Main­tain­ing a healthy diet dur­ing preg­nan­cy is very impor­tant. dur­ing this time, your body needs addi­tion­al nutri­ents, vit­a­mins, and min­er­als.

Preg­nan­cy crav­ings are a very real phe­nom­e­non. some 50 — 90% of women expe­ri­ence crav­ings for spe­cif­ic foods dur­ing their preg­nan­cies, usu­al­ly towards the end of the first trimester and into the sec­ond.

Here are a list of foods to avoid dur­ing preg­nan­cy

  1. The first on the list is, High Mer­cury Fish.

This par­tic­u­lar fish is high in tox­ic ele­ments. it has no known safe lev­el of expo­sure and is most com­mon­ly found in pol­lut­ed water. if con­sumed in high­er amounts, it can be tox­ic to your ner­vous sys­tem, immune sys­tem and kid­neys as well.

High Mer­cury fish include, Shark, Sword­fish, King Mack­er­el, and Tuna.

High Mer­cury Fish may also cause seri­ous devel­op­men­tal prob­lems in chil­dren. since it is found in pol­lut­ed seas. Expec­tant moth­ers are advised to lim­it their con­sump­tion of high mer­cury fish to no more than 1 — 2 serv­ings per month.

2. Under cooked or Raw Fish

Sec­ond on the list is Raw fish. espe­cial­ly Shell­fish, can cause sev­er­al infec­tions. these can be sal­mo­nel­la and lis­te­ria. some of these infec­tions only affect the moth­er, leav­ing her dehy­drat­ed and weak. oth­er infec­tions may be passed on to the unborn baby with seri­ous, or even fatal con­se­quences. preg­nant women women are there­fore advised to avoid raw fish and shell­fish. this includes many sushi dish­es.

3. Caf­feine

Caf­feine is the most com­mon­ly used psy­choac­tive sub­stance in the world, and main­ly found in cof­fee, tea, soft drinks and cocoa. expec­tant moth­ers are gen­er­al­ly advised to lim­it their caf­feine intake to less than 200 mg per ‑day, or about 2–3 cups of cof­fee.

High caf­feine intake dur­ing preg­nan­cy has been shown to restrict fetal growth and increase the risk of low birth weight at deliv­ery.

4. Unpas­teur­ized milk, Cheese and Fruit.

Raw milk, and unpas­teur­ized cheese can con­tain an array of harm­ful bac­te­ria, includ­ing lis­te­ria, sal­mo­nel­la, and E.coli. the same goes for unpas­teur­ized juice, which is also prone to bac­te­r­i­al con­t­a­m­i­na­tion.

These infec­tions can all have life threat­en­ing con­se­quences for an unborn baby.

5. Processed Junk Foods

As a result, preg­nant women need increased amounts of many essen­tial nutri­ents, includ­ing pro­tein, folate and iron. yet even though you are essen­tial­ly eat­ing for two, you do not need twice the calo­ries. About 350–500 extra calo­ries per day dur­ing the sec­ond and third trimesters should be enough. processed junk food is gen­er­al­ly low in nutri­ents and high in calo­ries, sug­ar and added fats.

Last­ly, do not for­get, you are what you eat! learn to make the right choice today. one very impor­tant tip is, make good use of foods in sea­son. They come cheap­er, fresh­er, and health­i­er.

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