Interesting Ideas About Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

Nancy Baker

Food to be absolutely avoided

Welcome to the first step to parenthood — pregnancy. This is the time to start celebrating the new life you are bringing into the world. Through all this celebration, you also have to pay attention to what food you have to absolutely avoid.

Yes, there are foods that are very harmful to a pregnancy. This article will discuss the food you must avoid during pregnancy.

High-Mercury Fish

Say goodbye to sushi for nine months. Mercury is a toxic element that can cause serious developmental issues for children for their nervous system, immune system, and kidneys. Fish to avoid during pregnancy are swordfish, tilefish, and shark.

Unpasteurized Milk and Juice

Drinking unpasteurized milk and juice is extremely harmful to mom and baby. Foods and drinks that aren’t pasteurized can contain Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, and campylobacter. These bacteria can premature delivery, stillbirth, miscarriage, and developmental issues in children.

The best way to avoid unpasteurized milk and juice is to not drink anything from fruit stands and restaurants and to buy every pasteurized.

Raw or Undercooked Meat and Eggs

Consuming raw or undercooked meat and eggs puts you at a higher risk of E.coli and Salmonella poisoning. Both can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, and developmental issues with children.

To avoid getting sick, make sure your meat and eggs are fully cooked. Foods that have raw eggs include salad dressings, frosting, homemade ice cream, and hollandaise sauce.

Raw Sprouts

It is impossible to wash off Salmonella off of raw sprouts like alfalfa, mung bean, clover, and radish. Salmonella poisoning can cause abdominal pains, dehydration, premature delivery, and miscarriage.

Unripe Papaya

Ripe papaya is great to eat during pregnancy because it contains many healthy nutrients for you and your baby. However unripe papaya is known to cause contractions of the uterus that can kick start labor. Avoid unripe papaya before 40 weeks of pregnancy. After 40 weeks with the consent of your doctor, it can help you kickstart labor.

Excessive Coffee

Caffeine used to give you that extra boost you needed to get through your day, but now it isn’t good to have too much of it during pregnancy. It can cause stunted growth in your infant. Limit your coffee to two cups a day.


Alcohol must be avoided during your entire pregnancy. Consuming alcohol the increases risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and fetal alcohol syndrome.

Now that you know what foods to avoid, you can finally dig in and feed your growing baby.

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