Jumat, 12 Desember 2014

Avoid food during pregnancy




















            Almost every woman
knows the basic of what they should and should not do during pregnancy. They
know that caffeine should be cut back; they should not smoke, drink alcohol or
spend time in any hot tubs.   However
more and more studies are being done to see if pregnant women should avoid
certain foods for the duration of their pregnancy.






            It is essential
that pregnant women eat a well balanced meal at all times to provide their
growing baby with the vitamins, nutrients and minerals that the baby needs to
grow. There are some foods though that needs to be avoided due to the risk they
pose to not just to the mother, but also to the growing baby.


            For starters, raw
meat needs to be avoided due to the risk of toxoplasmosis and salmonella. This
means no more rare steaks, or rare burgers. Pregnant women should take caution
and make sure that all of the meat they eat is cooked well done. Cold deli meat
should also be avoided because of the risk of listeria. Listeria can cross the
placenta and can cause an infection or blood poisoning to the baby. Keep in
mind though that deli meat can be reheated until it is steaming and this will
help reduce the risk.


            Speaking of
listeria there are other foods that can contain this bacteria. Some soft
cheeses such as brie, feta, and gorgonzola. These cheeses are commonly made
with unpasterized milk.  Unpasterized
milk often contains listeria, so pregnant women need to make sure that any soft
cheeses they are going to eat are made with pasteurized milk. 


            Fish has always
been a subject of debate for pregnant women. While some forms of fish contain
essential nutrients that are needed by the baby, others contain a high level of
mercury. Any fish with a high level of mercury such as shark, swordfish, king
mackerel, tilefish and fish used in sushi should be avoided through out pregnancy.
Studies have linked mercury to developmental delays and in some cases brain
damage. Tuna also contains a lot of mercury but canned, chunk light tuna has a
lower amount of mercury and can be eaten in moderation. Raw shellfish also
should be avoided through out pregnancy. 


            Raw eggs or
anything containing raw eggs is a no no during pregnancy. There is a potential
exposure to salmonella. This means no raw cookie dough, no brownie mix, and
some homemade sauces such as hollandaise, Caesar dressing and blue cheese
dressing. When dining in a restaurant, it would be wise to ask any sauces or dressings
contain any raw eggs. Most restaurants should be using pasteurized eggs in any
raw egg recipe but one should still double check. 


            There has never
been a more important time to be careful what a woman eats then when she is
pregnant. Some of the above foods have been linked to miscarriages and other
birth defects. If you are pregnant and you have already indulged in a few of
the foods you should not have, do not panic. Chances are, you and your baby are
fine but take extra care to avoid these foods in the future.





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