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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

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The list of foods to avoid during pregnancy is not only for the health of the unborn baby, but also of the mother, and the pregnancy itself. Some foods need to be eliminated from the mother's diet completely while others can be eaten in moderation. Avoid Raw and Seared Seafood

Remember that raw and seared seafood are foods to avoid during pregnancy because of the high risk of ingesting bacteria and parasites. Eliminate raw oysters, clams, shrimp, capriccios, fish tartars, ceviches, and any smoked seafood. Bacteria and parasites can cause many problems, especially during pregnancy.

Avoid Rare or Undercooked Meat

Beef, poultry and pork all need to be cooked thoroughly to kill off bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Trichinella, which can easily cause a very bad case of food poisoning. Eating undercooked meats can also cause toxoplasmosis, an infection due to the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

Avoid Deli Meats and Hot Dogs

Deli meats and hot dogs contain nitrates and nitrites, both chemical used to preserve processed foods. These chemicals can not only trigger migraines, they can also harm the developing fetus. These same foods run a risk of carrying Listeria, a bacterium that can get into the bloodstream of both you and your baby.

Avoid Raw Eggs and Unpasteurized Dairy Products

Other foods to avoid during pregnancy include raw eggs found in uncooked batter, homemade ice cream, mayonnaise, and eggnog. Soft cheeses like feta, goat cheese, blue cheese, Brie, and Camembert, along with other unpasteurized dairy products, can contain Listeria and other pathogens.

Avoid Caffeine

Although you don't want to suddenly eliminate all caffeine from your diet (this may cause a caffeine 'crash'), you do want to gradually limit your intake. 200 mg or more of caffeine each day has been linked to miscarriage, so be sure to keep it well under this amount. Avoiding coffee, regular tea, chocolate, soft drinks and energy drinks is essential. Caffeine has also been shown to interfere with the body's ability to absorb iron.

Avoid Headache Triggers

Many women are fortunate enough to never experience a headache during pregnancy but approximately 15% of women experience their first migraine after they become pregnant. Avoiding headache and migraine triggers can help. Chocolate, foods containing MSG, processed meats, salads and dried fruits, artificial sweeteners, certain beans and nuts, cultured dairy products and aged cheese, and bananas and citrus fruits are all known triggers.

Avoid alcohol, smoking, and drugs

Although not technically food, you also need to add alcohol and drugs to your list of foods to avoid during pregnancy. An occasional glass of wine is acceptable according to most physicians, but be sure to eliminate drugs from your life immediately. Knowing the foods to avoid during pregnancy can not only help you to have a great pregnancy, but will help to keep both you and your unborn baby healthy and well. If you're ever in question about what you can, or cannot eat, contact a dietician familiar with diet during pregnancy, or consult with your obstetrician or midwife.