- 8 min ago Expert Opinion: Maharashtra's New Guidelines For Sensitive Handling Of Crimes Against Women & Children
- 7 hrs ago Greek Artist Alekos Fassianos Passes Away: Tribute
- 8 hrs ago What Is A Mucus Plug? What Does Losing Your Mucus Plug Mean During Pregnancy?
- 8 hrs ago Legendary Kathak Dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj Passes Away; PM Modi, Celebs Pay Tribute
- Technology Amazon Great Republic Day Sale: Top Discount Offers On Intel Core i7 Laptops
- Movies Mohanlal Launches Hridayam Audio; The Jukebox Gets A Thumbs Up From Music Lovers!
- Sports Ben Stokes opts out of IPL 2022 auctions to stay fresh for English home summer: Reports
- Finance First IPO Of 2022 To Open On January 19, 2022: Know Key Points
- News I can beat up Modi: Congress leader's video kicks up controversy
- Education CBSE Science Challenge 2021-22 Announced For Students Of Class 8 To Class 10. Check Details Here
- Automobiles Citroen C3 Debuts In ‘Messi’ Land: India Launch Soon
- Travel Amazing Places To Visit In West Bengal In Winter Of 2022
A healthy diet and proper hydration are particularly important during pregnancy. And when you are pregnant, it is inevitable for the food cravings to NOT arrive. These food cravings are commonly observed during the first trimester of the pregnancy. The undeniable urge to eat something can make any pregnant woman restless. However, food cravings can be towards a particular dish or towards anything.
For example, many pregnant women have the cravings to eat sweet, spicy or junk food. However, when you are pregnant, you need to be careful about what you eat. Too much of spicy, processed, salty etc. foods can be harmful to not only your health - but also your baby's.
So, we have gathered a list of foods and drinks that you should avoid during pregnancy.
1. Raw Eggs
Consuming raw eggs can increase a pregnant woman's risk intaking of the Salmonella bacteria that can cause fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhoea . In some cases, the bacterial infection caused by Salmonella can cramps in the uterus, leading to premature birth or stillbirth .
Avoid poached eggs, homemade mayonnaise, cake icing, hollandaise sauce, sunny-side-up and make sure to cook eggs thoroughly.
You MUST give up your daily cups of coffee, tea and cocoa because caffeine, when consumed, gets absorbed very quickly and passes easily into the placenta. This can restrict foetal growth and increase the risk of low birth weight at delivery . Pregnant people are generally advised to limit their caffeine intake to less than 200 milligrams (mg) per day .
3. Raw Sprouts
Alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts are naturally healthy but eating raw sprouts when pregnant can lead to delivery complications as raw sprouts may contain Salmonella . Bacteria - including Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli - can get into sprout seeds through cracks in the shell.
4. Organ Meat
It is best to stick to lean meat at the time of pregnancy, as it is healthier and contains less fat when compared to meats like beef, mutton, and pork. Gaining pregnancy weight is unhealthy for you as well as for the foetus .
5. Undercooked/Raw Fish
Foods like sushi are not safe to be consumed by a pregnant woman . Raw fish, especially shellfish, can cause viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections. These infections can cause dehydration and weakness. Doctors advise a pregnant woman to completely avoid raw fish and shellfish and the complications premature delivery, miscarriage, stillbirth, and other serious health problems .
6. Mercury-rich Fish
Kinds of seafood like mackerel anchovies, cod, flounder, haddock, salmon, tilapia, and trout have a high content of mercury, that is extremely harmful to the baby's brain development. It is best to control your seafood intake and only stick to lean meats that are high in protein and are healthy .
7. Unwashed/Raw Vegetables
Unwashed or unpeeled fruits and vegetables may be contaminated with several bacteria and parasites that include Toxoplasma, E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria . Fruits and vegetables can get contaminated during production, harvest, processing, storage, transportation, or retail. Eating unwashed produce can cause blindness or intellectual disabilities in the child.
8. Unpasteurised Dairy
Raw milk, unpasteurised cheese, and other unpasteurised dairy products contain an array of harmful bacteria which can cause life-threatening consequences for an unborn baby . To minimise the risk of infections, eat only pasteurised dairy products.
9. Processed Junk Foods
Processed junk food is generally low in nutrients and high in calories, sugar, and added fats . While weight gain during pregnancy is entirely normal, excess weight gain has been linked to many complications, including an increased risk of gestational diabetes, as well as pregnancy or birth complications.
Consuming alcohol when you are pregnant can increase the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth and can affect the baby's brain development . Whatever the quantity, alcohol is a strict no-no for an expectant mother.
Apart from the above-mentioned foods to avoid for pregnancy, the following may also cause health problems in pregnant mothers:
• Hing (asafoetida)
On A Final Note…
The foods and drinks mentioned in this article are types of foods that are generally harmful to pregnant women. Some women may develop complications from other foods also. It is essential that you stick to your diet plan and visit your gynaecologist regularly.
- prenatalWhat Is A Mucus Plug? What Does Losing Your Mucus Plug Mean During Pregnancy?
- prenatalPregnancy And Skin: What To Know About Linea Nigra And Its Causes, Symptoms And Management
- prenatalWhat Is Braxton-Hicks Contractions Or False Labour Pain? Causes, Symptoms And Treatments
- healthParliament Passes Surrogacy Bill; Seeks To Constitute National Surrogacy Board
- basics10 Effective Pregnancy Care Tips During Winters
- prenatalExpert Article: Diabetes Mellitus And Fertility - Myths And Facts
- kidsOver 33 Lakh Children In India Malnourished; Maharashtra, Bihar And Gujarat Tops The List
- prenatalCommon Gastrointestinal Problems During Pregnancy
- wellness11 Possible Reasons Why You Crave Spicy Foods
- basicsRound Ligament Pain During Pregnancy: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis And Treatments
- prenatalGreen Tea During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?
- womenNusrat Jahan Case: The Politics Of Birth Registration And Father's Name