Pregnancy is one of the most exciting, memorable and also most sensitive times in a woman’s life.
Because your body’s working overtime to develop your baby, it is imperative that you eat a healthy diet.
It can be confusing and frankly a bit overwhelming, to know what foods to avoid completely and which ones can be consumed in moderation.
We’ve gathered a list of several foods and beverages to avoid or reduce during pregnancy so that you and your baby can feel their best!*
It’s recommended for pregnant women to limit consumption of high-mercury fish to no more than 1-2 servings per month.
Stay away from these high-mercury fish:
- Kind mackerel
- Tuna (especially albacore tuna)
Undercooked or Raw Fish
Along the same lines, raw fish (particularly shellfish) can cause several infections, such as norovirus, Vibrio, Salmonella, and Listeria. Say a temporary goodbye to your beloved sushi, ladies!
Undercooked, Raw, and Processed Meat
Bacteria may threaten the health of your baby. Deli meats unfortunately have a reputation for being contaminated with listeria, which may cause miscarriage.
If you choose to eat deli meat, it is strongly recommended that you reheat the deli meat until it is steaming.
Raw eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella. The following is a list of foods that generally contain raw eggs:
- Lightly scrambled eggs
- Poached eggs
- Hollandaise sauce
- Homemade mayonnaise
- Salad dressings
- Homemade ice cream
- Cake icings
Pregnant women should be careful to always cook eggs thoroughly or use pasteurized eggs.
This is a tricky one! We looove our caffeine ladies, don’t we? Pregnant women are typically recommended to limit their caffeine consumption to less than 200mg per day, which equals about 2-3 cups of coffee. Not bad!
High-caffeine consumption during pregnancy has been shown to inhibit fetal growth and increase the risk of low birth weight at delivery.
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Your health and the health of your baby should come first during this special season of life!
*This is not a comprehensive list. Be sure to speak with your doctor about healthy diet recommendations during your pregnancy!