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5 Foods Not to Eat During Pregnancy

Every mother wants what is best for her child, which is why several women during their pregnancy are cautious regarding various things so that no harm comes to their unborn child. This is also another reason why you should maintain a pregnancy diary so that everything remains in check. However, you might find some of these things might be confusing for instance deciding which type of food to eat and not to during pregnancy. Having a well balanced diet during your pregnancy is very important so that necessary nutrients can reach the baby at all times. Nevertheless, how do you distinguish between foods that can cause potential harm to your baby from those that can provide nutrition to your baby? Here is a comprehensive list of five foods that should not be consumed during your pregnancy. Make sure to include this list of foods in your pregnancy diary.


foods to avoid during pregnancy

  1. Deli Meat

Did you know that deli meat is contaminated with listeria? This particular bacterium is the primary cause of miscarriage especially if you have been consuming a regular intake of deli meats during your pregnancy. It tends to cross the placenta and affects the baby resulting in infection or blood poisoning that can prove to be life threatening. If however, you have a strong craving for deli meats it is recommended to properly heat it until you see steam rising from it.

  1. Fish with Mercury

You should avoid eating fish that might contain high levels of mercury since it can cause developmental delays and brain damage during pregnancy. You might wonder what types of fish contain high levels of mercury. Here are some to name: tilefish, swordfish, king mackerel and shark. Pregnant women should also stay away from canned tuna which although has a lower amount of mercury can still be damaging therefore, it is important that you eat it in moderation. Fish used in sushi might also contain high levels of mercury and you should avoid having sushi during pregnancy due to its raw nature.

  1. Soft Cheese

You might be tempted to enjoy a platter of gourmet soft cheese along but be careful before you pop a slice of soft cheese in your mouth as it might contain listeria. Soft cheeses like brie, Roquefort, Mexican style cheeses, feta and Camembert should all be avoided unless if stated clearly that they are made from pasteurised milk.

  1. Caffeine

Intake of caffeine is a very debatable topic some researchers say that moderate intake of caffeine is permissible while others link it to cases of miscarriages. Therefore, it is best to avoid caffeine during your first trimester in order to minimise the risk of miscarriage. To be more specific you should limit caffeine to fewer than 200 mg per day during your pregnancy. Caffeine is diuretic this means that it reduces the amount of fluids in your body resulting in a loss of calcium and water. Instead of consuming caffeine, it is ideal to drink plenty of water, pasteurised milk and juices. Other researches show large amounts of caffeine intake results in premature birth, miscarriages, low birth weight and withdrawal symptoms in infants.

  1. Unwashed Vegetables

The soil in which vegetables are grown might contain toxoplasmosis, which causes miscarriages and brain damage to the unborn baby. Although it is rare to catch this parasite but it is highly recommended to wash all your vegetables and fruits before consuming them.

How does chiropractic care help with pregnancy?

Chiropractic care involves the upkeep of the bones in the body and other related parts including the spinal column, nerves, and discs without the use of any type of drugs, medicine, or surgery. A chiropractor deals with aligning any joints of the body that has come unaligned which helps to reduce any stress on the spinal nerve and to promote the overall health of the human body. Pregnancy is a critical time for the mother to make sure that the baby is and remains healthy but can chiropractic care help to care for the mother and the baby? Speaking to Cambridge Chiropractor Jasper Hulscher we take a look in more detail.

Why is it important?

Chiropractic care is among the many things that a woman can get during her pregnancy. This type of care helps to better prepare the body to endure the stresses that are put on the body during pregnancy and while giving birth. Some of the bodily changes that occur during pregnancy are the increased size of the abdominal area, the increased size of the curve in the back area, changes in the pelvic area, and the need for regular posture adjustments. Chiropractic care can better prepare women for those changes that will occur in the body.

Pelvic pains are very common during pregnancy, and chiropractic care can help to reduce the pain. The pain is typically caused by the misalignment of the pelvis, and chiropractors work to realign the bone which helps to relieve the pain and to help the women better adjust to the pregnancy. Not only does the realignment help to relieve pain, but it also creates more room for the baby to better develop in the womb and to get into a better position when it comes time for delivery.

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How does chiropractic care help with pregnancy?



What are the benefits?

Chiropractic care provides more than just pain relief during pregnancy. Here are some other benefits of receiving chiropractic care.

  • Helps to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
  • Helps to decrease symptoms of nausea.
  • Decreases the labor time during delivery.
  • Helps to relieve pains in the back, neck, and joints.
  • Decreases the chances of having to undergo a cesarean delivery (a c-section).

Is it safe?

Chiropractic care seems to involve a lot of intense work on the pregnancy bearing bones and joints in the body. So, is it safe to receive it during pregnancy?

So far, there has been nothing on record stating that chiropractic care has any negative effects on the woman or the baby. In fact, it is a method of medicine that does not involve the use of drugs or surgery which decreases the chance of any harm done to the baby or the mother. All chiropractors that work with women during pregnancy are specially trained in that area.

If you are interested in receiving chiropractic care, you should first consult with your OBGYN or your primary care doctor. He or she will be able to provide you with the most accurate information of what chiropractic care can do for you personally.

Hello, beautiful mamas,
eating foods that are full with pure energy and nutrients that will nourish your body will help you not just feel good, but will also directly affect the health of your baby.Apart from the most obvious foods like fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains it is also time to pay attention to the proteins and fats, that you consume.
I am in my 11-th week of pregnancy and I have found, that if I don’t include some of the foods listed below in my meals I tend to feel lethargic and light-headed. Apart from the fact that this time I am experiencing a great morning sickness. I find myself feeling VERY hungry at times. I find this pregnancy very different from my previous three. It could be because of my diet, it could be because of my age or simply because every pregnancy is different.
So here is a list of foods, that I find to help me and I hope you will find the list useful.
1.Beans, Legumes and Lentils.
All beans including kidney, black, white and red beans, chick peas and lentils and all the other varieties from their families are full with nutrients and slowly released energy. They are high in protein(amino acids) antioxidants, fibre, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Those little monsters are versatile. All beans are great base for many kinds of curries, burgers, stews or casseroles, but as well as that they are a nice addition to your salad and they make a nice spicy wrap. Lentils are wonderful in soups and the variety is almost endless. And where will I be without chickpeas, that make the “holy” hummus. This simple and uniquely tasty dip is one of the foods I simply can not part.
2.Whole grains
Whole grains contain lots of nutrients including fibre, several B vitamins (thiamin, roboflavin, niacin and folate) and minerals including iron, selenium and magnesium. Try to eat as much as possible unrefined grains as they contain the nutrients, that you need. If you like baking make spelt flour bread or oatmeal cookies. Also adding bulgur wheat or amaranth grains to your soup will not only give it a nice thick texture, but also will provide you with the health benefits of eating whole grains.
Whole grains are sources of magnesium and selenium. Magnesium is a mineral used in building bones and releasing energy from muscles. Selenium protects cells from oxidation. It is also important for a healthy immune system and keeping yourself healthy will keep your baby healthy.
3.Leafy green vegetables
When it comes to pure plant power there is nothing like green leafy vegetables freshly grown and eaten in season. They carry the sun energy in every bite and all these green monsters will give a wonderful boost of iron, amino acids and a bunch of vitamins and minerals. This is Nature’s medicine. The best part about leafy green vegetables is that you can eat as much as you want of them. They are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, calcium, folate, magnesium. Choose from salad leafy greens like radichio, wild rocket, lettuce and Swiss chard(high in Vitamin K). Why don’t you add some watercress to your sandwich or a big bunch of spinach in your curry just before serving? These foods are very easy to include in your daily meals as they can be added to almost any dish, regardless if it’s lunch dinner or breakfast.
4.Nuts and seeds
Simply a handful of raw or sometimes cooked nuts can enhance your diet while pregnant. Nuts are very filling , especially when eaten raw. Take a handful of almonds(high in calcium) or cashew nuts(high in copper which is vital in iron utilization, bone health and elimination of free radicals) with your breakfast or as a mid day snack and you would immediately add some protein to your meal. Seeds are even more special. Choose hemp seeds and flax seeds for omega 3 oils. Walnut oil is also high in Omega 3 fatty acids and it makes a nice salad dressing when mixed with balsamic vinegar. Sprinkling some sesame seeds will add calcium and magnesium to your diet. Those are vital minerals for a healthy bone development and energy. Try pumpkin seeds in your salad or they also make a lovely part of a snack that you can enjoy any time. Pumpkin seeds contain a wide variety of nutrients including magnesium and manganese, copper, and zinc . They also contain plant compounds known asphytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants
Bonus super foods: Folate-rich foods
Folate (folic acid), another B vitamin, helps the body form red blood cells.
When I went for my first check up with my midwife the first thing that i was offered was to get some folic acid tablets. Personnaly I prefer to stick to the natural form of folic acid, which is called folate and here is a list with folate rich foods.
  • Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens and broccoli.
  • Legumes such as dried beans and peas (black-eyed peas and black, pinto, kidney and navy beans) and peanuts.
  • Asparagus.
  • Orange juice and oranges.
  • Avocado.
  • Strawberries.

I hope you find this list helpful. Enjoy your meals and be well.

Thank you very much for stopping and please feel free to leave me a comment in the box below.

Lots of Love,