8 Foods to avoid during pregnancy
Under cooked meat or poultry because it could be contaminated with salmonella, toxoplasmosis and coliform bacteria.
Deli meat can be contaminated with listeria which is the main cause of miscarriage. Listeria crosses the placenta and could lead to blood poisoning or infect the fetus. Pregnant women who must eat deli meats should ensure that the meat is reheated until it is steaming.
Mercury laced Fish
Fish that contains high levels of mercury is not good for a pregnant mother because when an expectant mother consumes mercury, it damages the baby’s brain. The fish that should be avoided include king mackerel, swordfish, and shark and tile fish.
Smoked or refrigerated seafood could be contaminated with listeria and should be avoided as well
When shelfish is undercooked, it can cause seafood borne illness. Therefore if you must eat mussels, clams and oysters, ensure that it is well cooked. Red tides cause algae related infections and should be avoided during pregnancy.
Food that contains raw eggs or eating raw eggs should be avoided all together because you risk exposing yourself to salmonella. Homemade ice-cream, mayonnaise, caesar dressings and hollandaise sauces are made from raw eggs.
It contains listeria thus; one must ensure that the milk is pasteurized before drinking it.
Caffeine should be avoided during the first trimester since it increases chances of miscarriage. Caffeine intake should be limited to about 200mg.