There are certain foods that you should avoid if you are a pregnant women. You should know the risky, dangerous and unsafe foods that should be avoided during pregnancy.
Following is a checklist of foods to avoid During pregnancy
- Cut down fatty foods.
- Avoid drinks like coffee, tea, coca colas and other drinks with caffeine. Too much caffeine may affect the growth of baby during pregnancy and at birth.
Caffeine & Pregnancy
Pregnant women who consume caffeine (from tea, cola, chocolate and some prescription drugs) even about a cup of coffee daily are at higher risk of giving birth to an underweight baby, according to the research findings published in the British Medical Journal in November 2008.
The researchers further found that pregnant women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day are at twice the risk of having a miscarriage as those women who do not take caffeine.
Advice: Reduce caffeine intake before conception and throughout pregnancy. The best advice was to limit caffeine consumption to below 100 milligrams a day, there is no lower limit for which there is no effect,
- Avoid Vitamin A supplements as too much may harm your baby growing inside.
- Avoid white breads and foods prepared with white flour (maida).
- Avoid too much sugar and foods containing sugars.
Artificially sweetened diet soft drinks linked to premature births
Those who consum four servings a day are 78% more likely to have their baby prematurely - before 37 weeks' gestation, according to the research conducted by Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen and published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2010.
- Nutmeg spice in large quantity to pregnant women may result in miscarriage.
- Although there is no scientific evidence, some people believe that because pineapple and raw papaya contain enzymes, so they can induce abortion.
- Avoid high-mercury sea-foods such as fish, especially Swordfish, Shark, King Mackerel and Tilefish. Raw fish and seafood may contain Listeria, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning and miscarriage or premature birth.
- Avoid raw or smoked or frozen seafood such as oysters, sushi, sashimi, smoked oysters and smoked salmon. But canned seafood is safe to eat.
- Soft cheeses like ricotta without heating or uncooked.
- Avoid raw meat such as seafood, sushi, uncooked beef, raw eggs or poultry as these may be contaminated by toxoplasmosis, coliform bacteria and salmonella.
- Pre-cooked meat dishes without further heating.
- Salads, readymade or pre-packed.
- Ready-cooked cold meat including chicken.
- You should not smoke.
- Always consult your doctor about the safety of any drugs you take when pregnant.
Preterm Births & Oral Health
Researchers in the United States have found in 2009 that brushing your teeth properly and maintaining proper oral hygiene reduces the chance of early labour by a large extent. The researchers discovered that bacteria usually found in the mouth could be responsible for up to 80% of early preterm labours.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, Pregnant women who have gum disease (periodontal disease) may be more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small?
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