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What foods do I need to avoid while pregnant?

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Maintaining a healthy diet is so important during your pregnancy. This includes staying away from some potentially dangerous foods. So what foods to avoid in pregnancy?

Most women know to avoid sushi when there are pregnant, but did you know that as well as raw fish, raw meats can be dangerous to your unborn baby. Avoid eating rare steaks and hamburger. Make sure that all meat you consume is fully cooked.

When it comes to cooked fish, you should also limit your intake. There is a lot of debate about the dangers of mercury in fish. Some experts say it will not harm you and others believe it will. The standard recommendation for pregnant women is to eat no more than 12 ounces of cooked fish per week.

Always avoid drinking alcohol and limit your caffeine intake dramatically. It is also recommended to stay away from certain cheeses that may contain harmful bacteria. These include blue cheese, feta, and brie.

Additionally, many doctors advise pregnant women to avoid drinking tap water. In many cities, the water source is highly chlorinated and contains high levels of minerals. The jury is still out on whether these minerals can cause harm; however, it’s best to just avoid drinking tap water during your pregnancy.
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Re: What foods do I need to avoid while pregnant?
Whole and lightly processed foods, such as whole grains, lean meats, fruits and vegetables, legumes, and low-fat dairy should form the basis of your pregnancy diet. Here are items that you may want to avoid while you’re pregnant. * Unpasteurized Milk: Unpasteurized milk may contain listeria. Make sure that any milk you drink is pasteurized. Unpasteurised milk and unpasteurised soft cheeses aren’t safe to eat in pregnancy. * Avoid Unwashed Fruits and Vegetables: Vegetables are safe, and a necessary part of a balanced diet. To eliminate any harmful bacteria, thoroughly wash all raw fruits and vegetables. While most fruits and vegetables are safe to eat when pregnant, you do need to avoid unpasteurized juices and raw sprouts. * Avoid raw or partially cooked Eggs: Make sure eggs are thoroughly cooked, until the whites and yolks are solid, to prevent the risk of salmonella food poisoning. * Avoid excess Caffeine: You should limit caffeine during pregnancy avoid having more than 200 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day. * Avoid Alcohol: There is NO amount of alcohol, that is known to be safe during pregnancy, and therefore alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy. Consider the risks; mothers who drink alcohol have a higher risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. * Undercooked or Raw Food of Animal Origin: Undercooked animal foods such as rare meat, raw oysters, sushi, unpasteurized eggs, raw cookie or cake dough, and homemade eggnog, may contain an array of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. To reduce your risk of food borne illness, test the doneness of meat, poultry, and fish with a food thermometer, cook eggs until they are no longer runny, and always follow baking instructions, don’t eat raw dough. For more details visit
singhnish2802   |   September 14, 2017 11:21 AM

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