Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Your pregnancy can be an extremely rewarding and enjoyable period of your life, but it also comes with plenty of anxiety. One of the most common things that expectant mothers worry about is whether certain foods and drinks are safe to consume during pregnancy. Although many of your favorite snacks and meals are perfectly compatible with a healthy pregnant, there is a small group of foods that you should avoid due to their potential to damage your unborn baby. Read on to discover the most important things that you must exclude from your diet while you are pregnant.

1) Particular cheeses:
Cheese tends to cause a lot of confusion during pregnancy, as there are rumors that pregnant women should not eat any form of cheese. In truth, hard cheeses (such as parrnemn, cheddar and stilton) are safe for you and your baby because they have a low water content and are therefore unlikely to contain any harmful microbes. In contrast, many soft cheeses (such as brie and oronzola) are made with mold, and contain a bacterium called listeria. Studies on problematic pregnancies have conclusively established that listeria can lead to stillbirths, miscarriages and life-threatening illnesses during a child’s early years. In addition, cheeses like feta, ricotta, mozzarella and goat’s cheese are sometimes made with unpasteurized milk, which is not safe to consume during pregnancy. If you are purchasing any of these final cheeses, make sure that you carefully check the labels and only pick out ones that are made from pasteurized milk.

2) Liver (and foods that contain liver):
Foods that contain liver usually contain a high amount of retinol, which is a form of vitamin A Most pregnant women are aware that some forms of vitamin A can cause birth defects, but many do not know that liver is such a rich source of retinol. On the other hand, vitamin A in the form of carotenoids can actively help your baby’s development, so make sure that you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

3) High levels of caffeine:
It is perfectly fine to continue enjoying regular cups of coffee or tea while you are pregnant, but you need to be careful that your caffeine intake is never higher than 200mg per day (i.e. approximately the amount contained in two cups of coffee). You should also try to avoid
painkillers or flu remedies that contain caffeine. Studies show that women who consume exces9ve amounts of caffeine during their pregnancies are substantially more likely to have babies who are born at a low birth weight. These babies are more likely to develop a wide range of health problems as they age. In addition, it is worth noting that there is at least some evidence that high caffeine consumption can lead to miscarriages.

4) Raw or undercooked meat:
For the entire duration of your pregnancy, it is best to err on the side of caution and only eat meat that is well-done. Even if you normally prefer rare meat, all the meat that you consume while pregnant should be cooked until the juices run clear and there is no remaining pinkness. If you cook your meat in this way, you will dramatically reduce your likelihood of serious bacterial infections like E. coli, salmonella, and campylobacter. All of these bacteria can put your baby at risk by causing severe food poisoning. Less commonly, rare meat can also carry toxoplasmosis, which is a potentially deadly infection caused by a certain parasite that can live in meat.