Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

In our previous post we discussed what vitamins and nutrients were essential for a healthy pregnancy. From that it’s safe to say you would have a strong understanding of pregnancy nutrition basics. But do you you know what foods you should avoid during pregnancy? If so, (hand clapping emoji) if not, no worries we are going to discuss that today.

Avoid seafood high in mercury

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 Seafood can be full of beneficial nutrients, however some fish (swordfish, shark, king mackerel, tilefish) contain dangerous levels of mercury. Stick to 6 to 12 ounces of shrimp, salmon, pollock, catfish, light tuna, trout, cod, and tilapia a week to stay safe.



Avoid raw, undercooked or contaminated seafood

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Avoid sushi, sashimi, raw oysters, raw scallops, raw clams, uncooked refrigerated seafood labeled nova style, lox, kippered, smoked or jerky. Pay attention to local fish advisories if you eat from local waters and cook your seafood properly.



Avoid undercooked meat, poultry and eggs

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 To prevent food-borne illnesses fully cook all meats, poultry, and eggs. Avoid refrigerated pates and meat spreads, hot dogs, luncheon meats,eggnog, and raw batters.



Avoid unpasteurized foods


 Avoid anything that contains unpasteurized milk, unpasteurized juice, or anything thing else that is not clearly labeled pasteurized or made with pasteurized milk.



Avoid unwashed fruits and vegetables

 Avoid eating any unwashed fruits and vegetables. Even if the package says pre-washed, still wash the product to avoid any possible chance of consuming any harmful bacteria.



Avoid excess caffeine, herbal teas, and alcohol

 To be safe, limit the amount of caffeine in your diet to less than 200 milligrams a day during pregnancy. So two 8 oz cups of brewed coffee or 3 8 oz cups of brewed (non herbal) tea are about the limit of caffeine you can safely consume. Avoid any herbal teas without consulting your health care provider and avoid any alcohol period just to be on the safe side.



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