As they say, when you are pregnant, you are already eating for two. You are eating for yourself and eating for your baby for his/her nourishment and proper development. While this is indeed true, there are several classes of food to avoid during pregnancy as these may pose a health risk on the mother and the baby, and may endanger the process or the whole course of pregnancy.
These are the food to avoid temporarily during pregnancy. Although these seem palatable to everyone’s tastebuds, it is a must to avoid them until the delivery of the baby.
1. Caffeinated food and beverages
Coffee, tea and cola as well as chocolates ate rich in caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant and a diuretic. This acts to increase our metabolism and eliminate water and calcium in the body. Although it is not absolutely contraindicated to take caffeinated food and beverages during pregnancy, due to its stimulating effect and diuretic effect, it is not very good to the body in excess amounts. Also, other researches shows that it is linked to miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight as well as withdrawal symptoms in newborn.
2. Alcoholic beverages
It is never allowed to take in alcohol or alcoholic beverages during pregnancy. Fetus can
also become alcoholic thus the condition called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It also interferes in
the healthy growth and development of the baby and may extend its effect even after pregnancy through the breastmilk.
3. Raw meat, shellfish and eggs
Eating raw food poses a danger to everyone. This is because there are certain bacteria that
might be present that were not killed through the process of heating though methods of
cooking.This predisposes a pregnant woman to infections such as Salmonella infection, the one causing Typhoid Fever. Raw meat, eggs and shellfish should be cooked adequately so as to kill the bacteria that may cause an intestinal infection and a generalized infection if not treated immediately. It is advised to avoid homemade Caesar dressings,custards and ice creams that uses raw eggs and unpasteurized milk as this carries the risk of both contacting Salmonella and Listeria microorganisms. As for the shellfish, the most common infection is algae related, specifically red tide. As a rule of thumb, all raw food and food products using raw meat should be avoided or heated before consumption.
4. Fresh and Unwashed Vegetables and Fruits
Fresh fruits and vegetables like those that we eat in salads look healthy and very palatable. However, it carries a risk of some worms or parasites that thrive in soil. Toxoplasmosis is one of those. If the vegetables are not properly washed and toxoplasma is present, it may cause a developmental impairment to the fetus in the womb.
5. Soft Cheeses, Unpasteurized Milk, Pate and Deli Meats
If it is desired to eat deli meats, make sure to have it heated until it is steaming, Deli meats carry the risk of listeria contamination. Listeria is a microorganism known to cross the placenta of the mother which may lead to infection, blood poisoning as well as miscarriage. Pate, unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses should be avoided for the same reason. If still desired to eat one, choose the shelf safe spreads or the canned one as this undergoes a microorganism safety screening. Soft cheeses that are made from pasteurized milk are safer than those that are not. Examples of cheeses that must be avoided are the following:
-Quezo defresco and quezo de blanco
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