What not to eat during Pregnancy!!

What not to eat during Pregnancy!!

Pregnancy can be the most exciting time in a woman’s life. Pregnancy can be a time to eat without guilt as you can convince oneself that the baby needs it. But nutritious diet matters alot. Hence you need to eat the right food. There are a few foods which are a complete no no. These foods will be needed to be avoided until the baby is born. Proper care should be taken to have a safe diet plan.

Foods to avoid:

  • Raw fish, under cooked fish and fishes like mackerel which are said to have the most contaminants like lead poisoning.
  • Raw meats that have been under cooked.
  • Raw eggs, half boiled eggs to avoid salmonella poisoning.
  • Unpasteurized milk- Bacteria present may be harmful.
  • Caffeine-can act as a stimulant and cause withdrawal symptoms in the baby and low birth weight in babies.So limit the intake or drink decaf.
  • Alcohol- No amount of it is safe and can cause birth defects in the baby. So is smoking off limits including passive smoking.
  • Cheeses- a few of the cheeses with moulds should be avoided
  • Liver and other organ meats which can provide excess Vitamin A which is not very good for the developing baby.
  • Unwashed vegetables which may carry eggs of certain worms. Hence should be washed well and steamed preferably

Following these few precautions can help you  sail through a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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