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Beware! Do not eat these foods while pregnant

If you are pregnant it is important to know what foods you shouldn’t eat as they can compromise your baby’s health and yours.

Dra. Reina Lamardo
Friday, 13 December, 2013

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Foods you shouldn’t eat during pregnancy

Don’t consume unpasteurized dairy products

During pregnancy try to avoid unpasteurized dairies and milk by-products such as cheese and sauces (Brie, Camembert, Feta, fresh white cheese, etc.). They may contain bacteria such as Listeria and you would be putting your baby’s life and yours in danger.

Don’t consume unpasteurized natural juice

It could contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli. Try to consume only pasteurized juices and avoid improperly washed fresh fruits.

Don’t eat undercooked meat

If you are pregnant you might need to change your eating habits. Raw or undercooked meat can contain a variety of bacteria. For example, if you like medium rare steaks, they may contain bacteria such as Toxoplasma that may cause fatal problems for your baby. This applies to hamburger meat, whole cuts, chicken and turkey (be careful with holiday meals such as stuffed turkey and stuffed ham. Make sure your meat is cooked at high temperatures).

Avoid foods with raw eggs

If you are pregnant avoid foods like raw cookie dough or batter, homemade desserts such as mousse, meringues and tiramisu, homemade salad dressings and homemade mayonnaise. Buy pasteurized eggs.

Don’t eat fish with high mercury content

Swordfish, tilefish, mackerel and shark contain mercury, which is harmful to your baby. During the nine months of your pregnancy forget about sushi. Raw fish can contain parasites and harmful bacteria. Eat only deep-water fish and seafood, such as salmon, tuna, catfish, sardines, etc. They are also rich in Omega 3.

Eliminate alfalfa, clover and radish from your diet

These foods may contain bacteria in their sprouts. If you do eat them make sure to wash and cook them thoroughly.

Avoid chilled and ready-to-eat foods

During pregnancy avoid eating sausages, salami and smoked salmon, as they may contain Listeria. You can eat them only if you cook them well.

During pregnancy don’t eat oysters and other raw shellfish

These can have parasites and bacteria. If you crave them, you can only eat these foods if cooked well (until the shells open).

Don’t drink more than 200 mg of caffeine per day

This includes caffeine found in soft drinks, energy drinks, tea and coffee.

Eliminate drinking alcohol

Too much alcohol during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects.

Avoid taking a doggie bag home when you dine out

If you know that you can’t refrigerate your food quickly, don’t take food home because bacteria develop rapidly two hours after the meal is served.

Sources: WebMD.
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