Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Foods Pregnant Women Should Avoid

It's important for a pregnant mom to be careful about what she eats because she's eating for two - herself and her baby. There are lots of considerations about what a pregnant woman can or can't chow down on.

Here are some examples of foods that expectant moms should steer clear from:

  • Raw meats. Raw and half-cooked pork, beef, poultry, and seafood present a risk for salmonella contamination, coliform bacteria infection, and toxiplasmosis.
  • Soft cheeses. Be careful about imported soft cheese as you may never know if these have been contaminated with listeria. Listeria is a bacteria that may cause miscarriage.
  • Unpasteurized milk. This kind of milk has not been treated and may contain listeria. The bacteria may cause life-threatening infection or blood poisoning to the unborn baby.
  • Fish rich in Mercury. Shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish are only some fish that are high in mercury. The mercury content in these fish may cause brain damage to the fetus.

For more information on what foods you should avoid during pregnancy, consult your trusted gynecologist or find a local dietitian. It pays to be careful with what you eat, considering that you're eating for two.

Written By: Abbey Grace Yap

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