03.09.2014

Pregnant food not to eat

There are some foods you should give up or cut down on during pregnancy, because they could cause food poisoning or harm your baby. Cheeses that are mould-ripened, such as brie and camembert, and soft blue-veined cheeses, such as roquefort, aren’t safe to eat in pregnancy. Unpasteurised milk (green-top milk) and unpasteurised soft cheeses aren’t safe to eat in pregnancy. Don’t eat mousse, homemade ice cream or fresh mayonnaise from delis or restaurants, as these may contain raw egg. Liver isn’t safe to eat during pregnancy, as it contains high levels of retinol (vitamin A), which may be harmful to your baby.
Meats other than liver are safe to eat, as long as they have been cooked until piping hot throughout, with no pink or bloody bits, and until the juices run clear. You may prefer not to eat cured meats, such as parma ham, because of the small risk of listeriosis.
Smoked salmon is considered safe to eat in pregnancy, as the curing process destroys listeria bacteria. Don’t eat shark, swordfish and marlin, as these fish contain unsafe levels of mercury.
Here are the top 10 foods to eat as often as possible during pregnancy, that will give you and your baby the best nutrition. All leafy greens are ideal vegetables during pregnancy, but raw spinach is especially awesome because it has one of the highest amounts of folate found in any food.
Eggs are an almost perfect food in that for very few calories and a low cost, you receive a relatively high amount of high quality protein and healthy fat (omega-3 eggs are best). While I don’t eat much dairy, I am a huge fan of this versatile, fermented, high-protein, low calorie food and eat it twice a day at least. I can’t stress the importance of the Omega-3 fats DHA and EPA during pregnancy enough.
Sweet Potatoes are high in fiber, which our bodies truly need during pregnancy as our intestines are being squashed and crowded. Protein is so important during pregnancy as it is the building block of life, literally building your baby inside of you. Beans are a great plant-based source of protein, as well as fiber and other nutrients needed for pregnancy (iron, folate, zinc). Join us and receive exclusive content, interviews, tips for nutrition and exercise during and after pregnancy, the latest news, and MUCH more! I found that the things that smelled the worst to me during pregnancy were often the ones on this list, which I find really interested.


Pregnancy in and of itself can be a confusing and lonely world-- there are so many different opinions and decisions, and everything rests squarely on your shoulders.
However, supermarket salad dressings and ice creams are usually made using pasteurised egg, so are safe to eat.
However, if it hasn’t been completely cured or frozen before you eat it, listeria bacteria may remain.
The government advises adults to eat two portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily fish. Tuna contains some mercury, too, so don’t eat more than four medium-sized cans, or two fresh tuna steaks, a week. Not only do tastes change, but the thought of being responsible for baby’s proper growth and well-being is just the mental boost they need to eat healthy foods.
Berries and other foods high in antioxidants will remove the free radicals from your system, protecting you both.
Lean meats are not only an excellent source of high-quality protein, but also contain other vital nutrients like choline, iron, and CLA, a healthy fat.
While all nuts and seeds are excellent sources of fat and fiber during pregnancy, walnuts and chia seed should be included as often as possible because of this. As some commenters pointed out, there is a small body of research that showed flaxseed to have a negative impact on some animal pregnancies because it acts as estrogen in the body.
SIGN UP HERE for my email list and receive more EXCLUSIVE content about healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, postpartum delivered right to your inbox! Everything is updated information and not the stale “sit on your butt and eat for two” crap the doctors office gives you! I have added flaxseed to my diet but have read many articles that it may not be safe during pregnancy. I did find one article that showed a study focusing on animals but there’s not sufficient evidence of harm in human pregnancies. I have taken all of the advice on board except I would not take cod liver oil suppliments at all during pregnancy as it contains high levels of the retinol form of vitamin A and this can be harmful to the baby. However, hard cheeses such as parmesan and pecorino, even if they have been made with unpasteurised milk, are safe to eat, as the risk of listeriosis in these is low.
So if you choose to eat smoked salmon, make sure it is from a trusted source, such as a supermarket. But as oily fish can also contain environmental pollutants (PCBs), it’s best not to eat it more frequently than twice a week.
Drinking lots of caffeine on a regular basis in pregnancy has been linked to miscarriage and babies who have a low birth weight.


Spinach also contains just about every vitamin and mineral that you need for pregnancy, even calcium, which is why it’s considered a superfood.
Studies show that these protective foods can prevent birth defects [1], so load up on the blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries every single day. Sweet potatoes are also high in Vitamin C, which helps you to absorb iron and prevent anemia, a common diagnosis during pregnancy. While this has never been researched in human pregnancy and I myself took flaxseed throughout my 4th pregnancy with no problem, I removed it from the list. Zinc-rich foods like beans have been shown to prevent pre-term labor, pre-eclampsia, and low-birth weight babies. We are building a team consisting of neonatologist, pre-natal nutritionists and pediatricians to help create the ideal menu for each trimester of pregnancy. Many women know all about dieting and cutting calories, but may have never focused on the health and nutrients of their food. I also supplement with Cod Liver Oil daily, you can read about my choice and why it’s the only one I would recommend during pregnancy here.
Whether or not the benefits of flaxseed outweigh the possible risks will have to be your own decision. Due to the fact that there is a shift in the normal levels of hormones, a woman can experience a large amount of food cravings.
Doctors recommend that you stay away from those fish that are noted for their high levels of mercury, such as marlin, Ahi tuna, roughy, swordfish, shark, mackerel, tilefish, sea bass, grouper, bluefish, and other tuna types.The American Pregnancy Organization has a chart outlining the levels of mercury in fish and the Food and Drug Administration has their own confusing version. They say that no more than 10 ounces of low mercury fish should be eaten weekly and that you should eat no more than three 6-oz servings of high mercury fish a month, avoiding the highest mercury fish completely. They do note that mercury levels can be different depending on where the fish is caught, but I didn't see them write anywhere that 1 in 6 children are born with mercury levels that are so high that they are higher risk for learning disabilities and motor skill impairment, as reported by scientists working for PBS.I also found nothing explaining that most of the fish most of Americans eat nowadays is farmed fish, not naturally caught on the ocean (because we have fished over 90% of predator fish out of the ocean and are on our way to total destruction of that habitat).
Needless to say that the baby’s health will certainly be affected.Alcohol – It is a substance that should not be consumed during pregnancy, as it will increase the risk for fetal alcohol syndrome, development related conditions and even miscarriages.
Preterm delivery or severe illnesses are also on the list.Raw sprouts – Though, in general, they are considered a healthy snack, in the case of a pregnancy, things are not like this. All of them can cause food poisoning, ultimately damaging the unborn baby.Keep in mind that these are only a few of the foods a pregnant woman should avoid eating.



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