Look after yoursef by what enters your digestive system during pregnancy. Some foods can be harmful to your health and your baby.
It is important that the diet during pregnancy is proper and healthy so the baby can grow normaly and healthy. There are some products you need to be cautious with because they can negatively affect your pregnancy.
Here are ten ingredients you need to avoid during pregnancy:
1. Unpasteurized dairy products
Soft cheeses such as feta, goat cheese, Bree and Mexican cheese are made from unpasteurized milk that may contain listeria bacteria. Listeria infection can lead to miscarriage or premature birth. This does not mean that you totally cannot put cheese in your diet, but make sure the cheese is made from pasteurized milk.
2. Raw meat and meat processing
Just like cheese, you need to be very careful with raw meat as well because it may contain the bacteria listeria. This bacterium can survive very low temperatures, so be careful with the meat that was in the freezer. However, the meat which has been recently boiled or baked is good to eat because heat will kill any bacteria. Also avoid meat products such as frankfurters, sausages, pate and ham.
There is a possibility that raw fish contains bacteria or microorganisms that can cause poisoning. If, by any chance, the microorganisms are infected with a parasite, the treatment becomes much more complicated and the pregnancy is more difficult. Skip droughts because cooked fish is safer.
Only certain kinds of fish are allowed in your pregnancy diet. Large fish such as shark, mackerel, cod, snippets of canned tuna and white tuna, contain high levels of mercury, which crosses the placenta and can be especially harmful to the babys developing nervous system. Be careful with the fish that live in rivers, streams and lakes, as they may be infected with bacteria and chemicals, as well as frozen or smoked seafood. Shellfish like mussels can also be infected with coliform bacteria or salmonella.
5. Raw or undercooked eggs
Foods that contain raw or undercooked eggs should be avoided since they may be contaminated with salmonella. Just make sure the egg is well cooked and you can eat it. Eggs are an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients that improve fetal development and prevent the occurrence of birth defects.
6. Spicy food
Spicy food will not hurt the baby, but it can make you uncomfortable during digestion.
7. Herbal teas
Some teas can have a healing effect, but you need to be careful anyway. It is totally fine if you drink up to two cups of fruit tea or mint tea.
8. Artificial sweeteners
Experts advise to avoid pregnancy Saccharin because, unlike other sweeteners, can cross the placenta. Avoiding Saccharuin is just for the sake of caution. Artificial sweetener is not a good choice.
Some studies show that a lot of caffeine (more than 2-3 cups a day) increases the risk of miscarriage. It is also associated with premature birth and low birth weight baby. Try to limit your intake of caffeine -- a cup of coffee a day is perfectly fine.
10. Alcoholic drinks
Well-established fact that alcohol consumption during pregnancy can seriously harm the baby. Alcohol crosses the placenta, which means, your baby drinks as much as you. Since it is not determined how much alcohol can harm the baby, it is better not to drink at all.