Congratulations! You are pregnant! With finding out this news, cravings may already be starting to crop up. And while many of the cravings can be indulged, there are some foods that are off-limits until after the baby is delivered for the health and safety of Mom and baby. Which is why it is important to know the foods to stop eating now that you are pregnant, even though they may be calling your name.
Pregnancy is a time to be as possible as possible with food and its preparation. This is because if food poisoning were to happen, excess caffeine is consumed, or alcohol is imbibed, it can be harmful to both moms and their unborn babies. As such, if there is any question about what is about to be eaten, it should either be researched before eating something that could bring complications to the pregnancy.
Here are foods to stop eating now that you are pregnant.
10 Raw Fish
While women may be craving sushi during pregnancy, raw fish is off-limits, according to FoodSafety.gov. This is because women may be exposed to bacteria or parasites that could cause food poisoning. Something that could lead to preterm birth, miscarriage, or worse, per the publication.
9 Fish High In Mercury
Fish that is high in mercury should be eaten infrequently as it is to remain healthy. But during pregnancy, it is not allowed to be eaten at all.
According to the March of Dimesif women eat fish high in mercury during pregnancy, they can cause their babies to have vision and hearing problems after birth.
Therefore, stick with the low-mercury fish during pregnancy for optimal health.
8 Processed Meat
As delicious as it may sound to eat a deli sandwich during pregnancy, doing so could put both those expecting and their babies at risk.
According to BabyCenterprocessed meat may contain “listeria or salmonella bacteria, or toxoplasma parasites.” These all lead to varying types of food poisoning that can cause miscarriage or stillbirth.
But, per the publication, if the meat is heated to 75 C, the bacteria and parasites are killed. Making eating processed meat occasionally fine to do.
7 Raw Eggs
It seems silly to have to say that raw eggs are off the menu during pregnancy. After all, not many women are going to find raw eggs all that appealing. But it is the products that raw eggs are in that are off limits as well.
According to the FDA, when raw eggs are eaten there is a chance of consuming bacteria as well. These bacteria can lead to food poisoning.
As such, according to the publication, there are foods that should be avoided. They include:
Raw cookie dough
Caesar salad dressing
While these may be tempting to eat during pregnancy, they are not worth the risk of getting sick.
6 Fresh-Squeezed Juice
Drinking fresh-squeezed juice during pregnancy sounds like it should be healthy. Unfortunately, that is not the case. This is because the juice is not pasteurized. And as a result, harmful bacteria in the juice have not been killed which could lead to food poisoning, according to BabyCenter.
5 Unpasteurized Milk
Unpasteurized milk is not the norm to purchase from the grocery store. However, raw milk does exist. And while it may sound fresh to drink, it should be avoided during pregnancy.
Much like fresh-squeezed juice, when milk is unpasteurized, it can contain bacteria. The bacteria can cause pregnancy complications, preterm labor, miscarriage, or worse. As such, pasteurized milk is what should be consumed during pregnancy.
4 Soft Cheese
Reading labels is key during pregnancy. This is because when cheese states that it is unpasteurized, it cannot be eaten while pregnant. This includes most soft cheeses.
However, according to KidsHealththere are some soft cheeses that use pasteurized milk. And if this is the case, then that particular soft cheese is safe to eat, according to the publication.
3 Processed Food
Processed foods are some of the most craved foods during pregnancy. However, when eaten without abandoning, they can cause health problems for unborn babies.
According to TheHealthSite.comwhen mothers-to-be eat processed food that is high in fat, sodium, and additives, complications can occur, which is why they should be avoided.
Other reasons to avoid processed food during pregnancy include:
They may contain bacteria
They could cause constipation
They can cause excess weight gain
They can alter genetics
If pregnancy cravings are fulfilled occasionally, there should be no harm to the pregnancy. It is when they are eaten daily that issues may arise.
Drinking any amount of alcohol during pregnancy is something that should not be done. No exceptions.
According to the NHS, women who drink while expecting put their babies at risk. Some of those risks include:
Low birth weight
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Wait until babies are born to consume a cocktail. They will be much better off for it.
A hot-button issue for pregnant women is whether they can drink caffeine. Some publications say no caffeinated beverages while others allow for a little. Ultimately, it is up to those expecting to determine what is right for them.
If mothers-to-be decide to have caffeine, they should have no more than 200 mg per dayaccording to Penn Medicine News. More than that can lead to complications, which include:
Therefore, keep caffeine consumption low while pregnant to keep complications at bay.
Source: FoodSafety.gov, March of Dimes, BabyCentre, FDA, BabyCenter, KidsHealth, TheHealthSite.com, NHS, Penn Medicine News