Foods To Avoid in Pregnancy

Ivelina  —  June 13, 2015

Hello, beautiful mamas in today post I want to share with you a few foods, that are best avoided in pregnancy. Before I write them I would like to state, that I am not a medical professional and this post is for information. Please refer to your GP or medical professional for further advice.

What foods to avoid in pregnancy has a lot to do with common sense. As you know everything that you eat and drink affects your baby in way or another and there are certain foods, that you have to avoid while pregnant.

Soft cheeses, including mould-ripened soft cheese (cheeses with a white rind) such as brie and camembert. This includes mould-ripened soft goats’ cheese, such as chevre. These cheeses are only safe to eat in pregnancy if they’ve been cooked. You should also avoid soft blue-veined cheeses such as Danish blue, gorgonzola and roquefort.

The advice to avoid some soft cheeses is because they are less acidic than hard cheeses and contain more moisture, which means they can be an ideal environment for harmful bacteria, such as listeria, to grow in. So they are best avoided.

 

 

Eggs which are partly cooked.Make sure eggs are thoroughly cooked until the whites and yolks are solid, to prevent the risk of salmonella food poisoning. Salmonella food poisoning is unlikely to harm your baby, but it can give you a severe bout of diarrhoea and vomiting, which can make you feel very unwell.

Raw uncooked meats, including some processed meats including meat joints and steaks cooked rare, because of the potential risk of toxoplasmosis. If you are going to eat meat make sure you cook it all meat and poultry thoroughly so it’s steaming hot and there’s no trace of pink or blood – especially with poultry, pork, sausages and minced meat, including burgers.

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite that can be found in raw and undercooked meat, unpasteurised goats’ milk, soil, cat faeces and untreated water. If you are pregnant, the infection can damage your baby, but it’s important to remember that toxoplasmosis in pregnancy is very rare.

Restrict eating fish, especially tuna. The main reason for that is because tuna contains the most amount of mercury compare to any other fish. All fish contain mercury. Mercury is a toxic chemical and can effect your baby’s nervous system.
As a vegan I don’t eat any of these anyway, but if you are not vegan you should stay away from all the foods stated above. In any doubt stick with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, some legumes and good quality nuts and seeds.

Drinks

Limit your caffeine intake to 200 mg a day. That’s two mugs of instant coffee, a mug of brewed coffee, two mugs of tea a day. Drinking lots of caffeine on a regular basis in pregnancy has been linked to miscarriage and babies who have a low birth weight.

Government advice is that you stop drinking alcohol completely during pregnancy. Other experts recommend that you avoid it at least for the first trimester. If you do decide to drink alcohol, don’t have more than one or two units, once or twice a week, which is a small glass of wine. Never drink enough to get drunk while you’re pregnant.

Thank you once again for stopping by. Have an amazing day!

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Thank you so much for visiting my site. I was born and raised in Bulgaria (a small country in  Eastern Europe). I moved to Northern Ireland when I was 22 years old, full of hope, big dreams and an adventurous spirit. I am the mother of four wonderful boys and although I am very grateful for each lesson I've learned in my life, I wish that some things might have happened sooner, but everything has it’s place and everything that is  worthwhile is not always easy.  I want to connect with you. Get in touch.