25 Foods You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

25 Foods You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

faq-how-do-i-avoid-becoming-iron-deficient-454

“Oh my god I am pregnant now I can eat whatever I want no restriction “This is a common statement which you get to hear from most of the females who get the 2 positive lines on their test results. But are they absolutely right?
No there are still some foods, which can be a big No in pregnancy. Pregnancy is a period, which changes you completely the way you think, the way you look and also your attitude towards life. All your life you might have cared about your weight and refuse to eat all unhealthy stuffs but when you get pregnant you might end up eating all unhealthy food items. This is not you but your hormones, which is running on your mind and cravings.

[ WORTH READ: THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PERIODS AFTER A CAESAREAN DELIVERY ]

Cravings are quite a normal condition in pregnancy and no one stops you to the core but then as a mother you need to understand what is good and what is bad for you and your baby. There are few foods, which are high in mercury, and vitamin A should not be taken as it can risk the heath of you and your baby.

The best thing to follow when you are pregnant is healthy diet and healthy lifestyle. Your meals should be rich in antioxidants rich food, high protein, loads of vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids, lots of fiber and lots of fluids. Today we will be sharing with you 23 such foods that you need to completely avoid during your pregnancy as it can harm you and your baby’s growth.

[ WORTH READ: 18 THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE BECOMING A MOTHER ]

Foods need to be avoided during pregnancy- Top 23 foods

gallery-1453308956-rbk-diet-neverwork-indexFew seafood’s and fishes

seafood-shack

Oh my god! Your reaction is scary but do not worry I am not saying you to completely remove all the seafood and fish from your diet, completely understand your cravings for fish. But few seafood’s and fish are harmful

Fish containing mercury

Mercury should be avoided completely in diet during pregnancy because high amount of mercury can lead to brain damage and can stop the brain development of your child, hence it is always better if you avoid fish which contains mercury content in it, and few examples of such fish are Mackerel, swordfish, shark and tile fish. Also some fish are available which contains very less amount of mercury and hence can be taken in moderate and limited amounts like chunk light tuna this can be taken but in less amounts and not frequently.

 [ WORTH READ: 20 SUPER AMAZING PREGNANCY TIPS THAT YOU SHOULD FOLLOW ]

Smoked Seafood

There are many refrigerated sea foods available in the market with the label containing lox etc. they are very harmful to health as they contains listeria bacteria and which should not be given to a pregnant mother.

Fish exposed to pollutants

Fish which are exposed to dirty waters and rivers and are cultured in this type of contaminated waters get contaminated themselves and not good to consume, Most of them are salmon fish.

[ WORTH READ:  TOP 7 REASONS WHY IT IS SAFE TO EAT MANGOES DURING PREGNANCY ]

Raw shellfish

RawBarMineOyster_03

I know you must be liking shell fish a lot as it is favorite of many, when we cook the shell fish some of the infections are settles down but still there is a high chance to get algae infections and hence it is always better to avoid the same. The best way to consume the fish is grilled and boiled and you can go with fresh water fish 2-4 servings per day which are high is omega 3 fatty acids.

Raw or Undercooked Egg

oily-hash-brown-undercookedYou must be thinking that you need to stop the egg also now, but no you can have a cooked egg in a boiled or omlette form. But raw egg in cakes, pastries, chocolates or egg, which is made half fry or runny egg, is a big no during this time. It might be contaminated with some bacteria, which can lead to nausea and indigestion.

Undercooked Meat and poultry products

When you are a non-vegetarian you just cannot stay without eating meat, but then when you are pregnant you need to take care of certain type of meat and also the way it is served is important. There are several researches, which show that eating raw or uncooked meat can turn out to be harmful. As it can contain listeria bacteria, also refrigerated meat is not good for your health when you are expecting. It can cause food poisoning and hence it is better to eat cooked meat with low fat and grilled and boiled form. It is very important to wash all your meat and poultry properly before making it for use.

[ WORTH READ:  4 HEALTHY AND UNHEALTHY FOODS FOR 5TH MONTH PREGNANCY ]

Unpasteurized Dairy Products

Milk is a very good choice to consume in pregnancy, as it is rich in calcium. But then if the same milk is Unpasteurized it can lead to severe food poisoning and indigestion. It is always advisable to consume fresh and boiled milk and also when you opt for milk products like cheese, curd, paneer etc. always check the label and it should be made from pasteurized milk and hence you can be safe after eating the same.

Also if you feel that it is difficult to get pasteurized milk easily then you can go with other milk like soymilk, rice milk but they should be fermented and organic.

Unwashed fruits and vegetables

I know you must think that it is such a weird point to include in this list. But then it is quite surprising to know that more than 70% people do not wash their fruits and vegetables without washing them. Fruits and Vegetables not washed contain Gondi and listeria bacteria, which cannot only damage mother but can harm the fetus.

Hence make it a point to compulsory wash them especially cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and broccoli before using. Normally we say that try to consume fruits and vegetables with peels as they give fiber but in pregnancy we do not want to take any risk and hence it is advisable to peel off the fruits and vegetables.

[ WORTH READ:  WHICH TYPE OF MILK SHOULD YOU CONSUME DURING PREGNANCY? ]

Raw sprouts

images

Again when you look at the literature sprouts are always advisable to consume raw as it is rich source of protein. But then when sprouts are raw they can catch up harmful bacteria’s and hence it is advisable to cook the sprouts and then consume when you are pregnant.

Few allergy causing Nuts

Nuts are very good thing when you replace them as your evening snack. But you must have heard that in pregnancy some things, which are your favorite becomes your biggest enemy. Pregnancy is the time when your immune system is affected big time and hence it is always better to consult your doctor before choosing any nut and also take them in small quantity and stop in case it shows any allergic reaction.

[ WORTH READ: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 7TH MONTH PREGNANCY CARE ]

Meals cooked in restaurant

I can completely understand that when you are pregnant the taste buds really trouble you and you crave all the time for tasty meals. But then when you are ordering food from restaurant then you cannot be sure how fresh the food is. There is no guarantee whether they have chosen the good quality vegetables and fruits for your meals. Hence it is suggested that you can make all your favorite restaurant food at home which will be a little less tasty but much healthier.

Avoid caffeine-containing beverages

When we talk about high stress we always think about having a cup of coffee. But then coffee is a big no in pregnancy, many studies says that drinking too much coffee can affect the weight of your baby and it can be a low birth weight baby as it acts as a diuretic. Also coffee affects your appetite big time, which is also not good for you.

Herbal beverages

Herbal tea and herbal juices are something, which is considered as super heroes of today’s world. Whenever you complain of stress, indigestion or not able to sleep the first thing, which is advised to you, is herbal family. But in pregnancy many herbs can turn out to be risky and cause damage to fetus. Also we don’t know the purity of herbal products. The best thing to do in pregnancy is to have a hot cup of tea, which is less harmful, and you are at least sure about the ingredients.

[ WORTH READ: TOP 10 MATERNITY BELTS FOR YOUR COMFORT DURING PREGNANCY ]

Canned and packaged foods

In pregnancy you should never consumed left over or old foods. When you talk about canned foods it is packaged really long back and can contains harmful bacteria over them. Also the cans contain harmful material, which can have an impact on endocrine activity of fetal. Hence it is advisable to only eat fresh foods.

Nitrate rich foods

Foods, which contain chemicals, are harmful and they spoil your health easily. Few examples of nitrate rich foods are diet sodas, artificial sweeteners, sugar candies containing saccharine. They are not as such harmful but they have poor nutrient content and hence it can cause fetal deformities and can lead to low birth weight baby.

High sugar foods

download (2)Sugar is not really harmful but in pregnancy women is prone to many metabolic diseases and one of them is known as gestational diabetes. This is a kind of diabetes that can occur only when you are pregnant and if you got such disease then you will be given insulin injections, which is the only option, left. Hence it is better to avoid simple sugar during your pregnancy as far as possible.Mostly you need to control of cravings like Ice creams, Chocolates, cakes and pastries. You can replace the same with dates, figs and raisins, which are much less harmful.

Road side foods

Roadsidefoods, which are commonly called as street foods, are a big no when you are expecting. Roadside foods are often made to satisfy spicy taste buds. You may get cravings during this time and which can be calm down by healthy means. Hence do not choose a roadside option, which can lead to food poisoning and stomach ache.

High fat foods

burger_480

Most of the people think now I am pregnant and hence I can eat anything and everything under the universe and it is not going to harm me. But this is so very wrong. High fat foods can create fat absorption and which can lead to high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Also when fat is too high in your body it becomes difficult for the baby to come out easily and hence try to avoid foods, which are high in fat. You can eat everything in moderation and check.

[ WORTH READ: THE IMPACT OF PINEAPPLES IN THE DIETS OF PREGNANT WOMEN & THEIR BABIES ]

Foods containing artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweetener specially made up of saccharine directly enters the placenta. Placenta is nothing but a wall, which connects you and your baby. No artificial sweeteners are filtered there and hence you are giving this artificial sweetener to you child directly. Cutting down on sugar never means to replace it with artificial sweetener and hence be careful.

Too much of vitamins and Minerals

In most cases people think that mothers are not eating well and hence family members force them to take too many of vitamins and minerals which can lead to abnormalities in child and can hamper fetal natural development. Always stick to the recommended dietary allowance levels of vitamins and minerals when giving to a pregnant mother and also it is better to check with the doctor before giving any tablets.

[ WORTH READ: TOP 7 REASONS WHY IT IS SAFE TO EAT MANGOES DURING PREGNANCY ]

Simple Carbohydrates

Simple carbohydrates are not as such harmful but they digest very easily and which can lead to over eating. Complex carbohydrates are always better in such times as it makes you feel full and give satiety for a longer period of time. Also complex carbohydrates are rich in many vitamins and mineral. Hence always choose multigrain bread over white bread.

Left Over foods in houses

Female always tend to eat the left over foods either from the plate of their husband or children and at times when cooked in excess they microwave the last night food and start eating. But this habit can be risky during pregnancy as in left over food many bacteria and germs come and sit. Also this food is not rich in vitamin and minerals and hence they simply add on to calories and nothing else.

Cold drink and sweetened beverages

Especially if it is a summer season the craving for cold drinks and flavored sodas are on a peak. But this simply adds on to empty calories and also can weaken the bone of your child. Hence you need to choose plain lemon soda in case of all this cod drinks.

[ WORTH READ: 10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD EAT ALMONDS DURING PREGNANCY ]

Bakes food and bakery items

Bakery foods are rich in saturated fats, which can lead to cholesterol if consumed in high amounts. Hence it is always better to avoid such bakery products like puff biscuits, cakes and pastries.

Licorice (Mulethi)

This is a common spice, which is used in many cuisines. But when it is taken in pregnancy it can lead to uterine contraction and hence it needs to be avoided.

Chinese foods

hellokityyrice_3302356b

Again when we talk about Chinese our mouth starts watering. But in pregnancy Chinese need to be completely avoided as it contains ajinomoto which is very harmful for fetal brain development.

Chocolate and sweet sugar candies

candies-recession-sweet-tooth

Too high amount of chocolate and sweet sugar candies can lead to high calorie and excess weight gain. Too much weight gain in pregnancy can lead to problem in breathing and a stage can occur when your mouth will also not open and hence need to be careful.

[ WORTH READ: 5 AMAZING BENEFITS OF HONEY FOR PREGNANT WOMEN! MUST TRY! ]

Pregnancy is a very soothing period and you should enjoy each day of your pregnancy. But then never pounce upon food, first analyze it whether it is safe for you or no and then only come to any conclusion. Sometimes a small bite of a food that is harmful can cause so many side effects. When you are alone we still take a risk and try new food items but now you should remember any risk taken by you can harm your baby and hence be very much careful in choosing your cuisine and also be careful about the place you have ordered the food from or the place where the food is made.

As told earlier also during pregnancy you are more prone to any kind of infection due to low immunity levels and hence hygiene is very much on high priority at this time. Washing of each and every fruits and vegetables as well as washing the utensil with plain water before using them should be a regular practice till you deliver your baby.

[ WORTH READ: 4 HEALTHY AND UNHEALTHY FOODS FOR 5TH MONTH PREGNANCY ]

Also the portion size is very much important, anything in excess can lead to trouble and hence you need to wisely choose all healthy foodstuff and in limited amounts only. You can follow a food pyramid which contains 5 food groups and hence as per each food group you need to eat the following thing for example 3-4 servings of fruits in a day.