Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Some things harm the fetus immediately others may affect the proper development of the immune system and make the child prone to several illnesses in later life. Eating well balanced meals is important at all times, but it is even more essential when you are pregnant. There are essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your developing baby needs. Most foods are safe; however, there are some foods that you should avoid during pregnancy. Raw Eggs: Should be avoided because of the potential exposure to salmonella.
Herbal teas: Citrus peel, ginger, lemon balm, orange peel and rosehip herbal teas are generally safe, but mothers should have no more than 2-3 cups a day.

Alcohol: Alcohol consumed during pregnancy can be harmful and result in fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or fetal alcohol effects (FAE). Consumption of alcoholic beverages causes host of health problems in the baby, including low body weight, learning disabilities, visual problems, deformed organs and other abnormalities.

Fish and seafood with mercury: it cause delay in the development of your baby.

Smoked Seafood - it may be contaminated with Listeria which is harmful.

Raw vegetable sprouts -may have been exposed to a parasitic disease 'toxoplasmosis'.

Fish caught in rivers, lakes, streams, or any other body of water.
Swordfish, shark, tilefish, king mackerel, limit canned albacore tuna fish.
Unpasteurized dairy foods

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