Foods to avoid during pregnancy:
• Raw meat – due to the risk of contamination with coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella. (Eat only totally cooked food where no pink bits should be left.)
• Raw eggs, or foods containing raw egg, e.g. Caesar dressing, mayonnaise, because raw eggs may be contaminated with salmonella. (Eggs should be cooked until hard for consumption.)
• Soft cheese – due to possible harmful bacteria in them. (Ordinary cheddar cheese or cottage cheese are fine as long as they are pasteurized – check the labels !)
• Unpasteurised milk, and yoghurt
• Fish containing accumulated levels of mercury in their fatty tissues, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish. Tuna also contains mercury, so please limit the amount you eat up to four medium-size cans (140g drained weight per can) or two fresh steaks (up to 170g raw weight, per steak) a week.
• Fish containing high levels of an industrial pollutant called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in their fatty tissues such as bluefish and striped bass, and freshwater fish such as salmon, pike, trout, and walleye from contaminated lakes and rivers.
• Pâté or liver – these can have excessive amounts of vitamin A which can harm your baby.
• Unripe Papaya – Ripe papaya is good for soothing indigestion or constipation which is a common problem during pregnancy. However, unripe papaya contains a latex substance that triggers uterine contractions that may cause a miscarriage.
• Food containing high levels of listeria – e.g. potato salad or coleslaw
• Sausages and ham – (really???) – It is the nitrates in these meat that are not recommended. Cooking them can change the nitrates to nitrites, which are carcinogenic and which have been associated with cancer.
• Peanuts – especially if there is a family history of allergies such as asthma, eczema or hay fever.
• Caffeine – consuming more than 3—mg of caffeine a day increases the risk of miscarriage and low birth weight. Some studies has shown that it affects the fetus’s brain development. Drinks containing caffeine includes coffee, tea, Coke and Pepsi. So, keep your intake to 1 cup a day.
• Smoking and alcohol – as you would already know.
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