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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