What not to eat during pregnancy? The Must-Not!
Pregnancy is phase in life where expectant mothers dislike their favourite food and shows a craving for some food that they have avoided till then. This is a temporary phase. If you look for reasons in various pregnancy apps or pregnancy tracker apps, you learn that it is hormonal changes in your body that create this strange or peculiar situation.
While trying out other new dishes, you should be careful to avoid certain types of food, the list is given below. You can also check pregnancy apps or pregnancy nutrition apps.
Foods to avoid:
Food containing raw eggs like salad dressings, mayonnaise and partially cooked eggs should be avoided because they may contain salmonella.
Food containing raw milk: Don’t take unpasteurised raw milk or any food that contain raw milk or unpasteurised soft cheese because it may contain lots of bacteria and other toxins. Similarly canned and boxed juices that are not sterile should be avoided.
Some varieties of seafood: Avoid large fishes like king mackerel, swordfish, shark and tilefish because they contain a lot of methyl mercury. Instead go for smaller fishes like salmon, shrimp, prawns, sardines etc. Also avoid shellfish like oysters, mussels and clams when you are expecting.
Excessive amounts of coffee and certain herbal teas: can act like a diuretic which increases the frequency of urination which is already on the higher side.
Avoid alcohol: Alcohol is a strict no-no during pregnancy because it can affect the child and its growth and development.
Nitrate-rich foods: Avoid processed foods like sausages, bacons, diet-sodas, saccharin that contains preservatives like nitrates which are harmful for the baby’s development.
Fruits like Papaya, raw mango, pineapple: contain certain ingredients that may create disturbances in your body while you are expecting.
Nuts: that can cause allergy like peanuts, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts etc should be avoided.
“It is better to be safe than sorry”!
While these are some foods that are best avoided during pregnancy, you should also be very careful about how you eat the food, and where you eat. Proper washing and cooking should be undertaken before you consume any food. Avoid sugar-rich, fatty, fried and spicy food. Never take anything that is old, insist on them being fresh. These small precautions can help you avoid a lot of problems during pregnancy.