Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy:
With that said let’s get with it. The list of, foods to avoid during pregnancy, is long and I will try and make it as comprehensive as it is possible.
Know The Facts:
The reason you should strive to know the facts about these foods is simply because some of these foods you will need to avoid completely, others you will need to eat less of. Know the difference!
- Undercooked or raw meat.
- Partly cooked or raw eggs.
- Yoghurt and milk.
- Fish, raw fish, smoked fish, raw shellfish.
- Fish oil supplements and vitamins.
- Particular types of cheese.
- Cured cold meat.
- herbal teas.
Liver contains vitamin A and too much of vitamin A can harm your unborn baby. Do not eat liver or any food that might contain it like liver sausages or haggis. So if you like liver am afraid it will have to wait until after the safe arrival of your baby.
Undercooked or raw meat:X
Steaks cooked blue, rare or medium rare. Any type of raw or undercooked meat they are all a big No during your pregnancy because they carry a risk of toxoplasmosis which is an infection that occurs because of a parasite found in undercooked and raw meat.
- You must clean all the surfaces and utensils very well after the preparation of any uncooked meat.
- Wash and dry your hands very well after handling any uncooked meat.
- You must cook all kinds of meat until piping-hot and no pink left in them and with poultry until the juices run perfectly clear.
Follow the above and there will be no need for you to worry about toxoplasmosis because it is really rare in pregnancy and it is treatable.
Partly cooked or raw eggs:X
Eggs contain protein which is important for your health and for that of the baby. You should eat them quite regular unless you have an aversion to them. However, you must make sure they are fully cooked.
Foods that contain eggs which is partially cooked or even raw must not be eaten at all. If you do eat them you run the risk of salmonella which is a food poisoning that is unlikely to harm your baby but it could give you severe vomiting and diarrhoea.
Yoghurt and milk:C
Caution is needed with these two. Long-life milk (UHT) is fine to drink during pregnancy. With fresh milk you must only drink pasteurised milk. Raw unpasteurised milk heat it until it boils before drinking it.
Do not drink any goats’ or sheep’s milk or eat any cheeses or foods made with them.
Yoghurt of all types is okay whether it is live, bio, full fat or low fat, enjoy!
Caffeine is found in the following foods:
- Coffee, tea, green tea.
- Some soft drinks.
- Energy drinks.
- Cold and flu medicines. (ask your GP or medical care provider)
Lots of caffeine can lower your baby’s birth weight, which could cause health implications later on in life. High levels of caffeine can cause miscarriage.
Because the risks are not great, you don’t have to stop it completely but the recommended daily limit is 200mg per day.
The following amounts of caffeine are approximate for guidance only:
- 1 mug of filter coffee: 140mg
- 1 mug of instant coffee: 100mg
- 1 cup of tea: 75mg
- a can of cola: 40mg
- an energy drink can: 80mg
- UK plain dark chocolate 50g bar: 25gm
- UK milk chocolate 50gm bar: 10mg
Don’t obsess on calculating every mg just try to stay close to the 200mg. An excellent way of cutting down is to try fruit juices, smoothies and mineral water and if you really must have coffee and tea choose decaffeinated.
Fish and Pregnancy:C
Fish is very good for your health and the healthy development of your baby. Do eat a lot of fish but there are some types of fish you should avoid completely and there are types that you need to eat in limited portions. The following three types do not eat at all:
And eat limited portions of the following:-
Restrict your Tuna:C
Tuna has more mercury in it than most fish. Mercury is not harmful for the majority of people. Do eat it in measured portions because a lot of mercury could harm the development of the nervous system of your baby. If you keep the weekly intake of your tuna down to about:
- Four tins of 140g drained.
- About 140g of cooked tuna steak twice a week.
Limit your Oily Fish:C
- Fresh Tuna.
During your pregnancy you should limit your intake of oily fish to two portions a week because they could contain some harmful pollutants.
As you can see fresh-tuna is amongst the oily fish, so if you have eaten it that week you shouldn’t have any other oily fish. Tinned tuna doesn’t count as oily fish. Remember to keep to the limits above with the tuna.
Generally smoked fish is safe to eat during pregnancy. Whether it’s trout or salmon, mackerel or kipper. If you fancy it go for it and enjoy!
You can and should eat cooked shellfish but DO NOT eat raw shellfish.
Eat all of the following cooked:
Game and large game such as venison, if it was shot in the wild it may contain lead which you must avoid, if it was farmed it may contain a lot less lead. Either way, I would avoid it during pregnancy and if you really must have it, find out from the retailer whether it’s raised in a farm or not.
Fish oil supplements and vitamins:X
Vitamin A, as we said earlier is not good for your baby therefore Do Not take vitamins, multivitamins or any cod liver oil supplements.
Particular types of cheese:CSoft cheese wrapped in rind and mould ripened must be avoided unless they are cooked. Cheeses such as the following:
Soft Blue Cheese:C
Avoid the following soft blue cheeses:
- Danish Blue.
And any other blue cheese unless they are cooked. Soft cheese contain a lot more moisture than hard cheese which makes it an ideal home for harmful bacteria.
Thoroughly cooking all of the above soft mould ripened cheese until very hot should kill all the bacteria thus making it safe for you to eat.
Other Soft Cheese That Is Safe To Eat:Y
The following list of cheeses is safe to eat during your pregnancy as long as they are made from pasteurised milk:
- Cream Cheese.
- Goats’ Cheese.
- Cottage Cheese.
- Cheese Spreads.
Cured cold meat:C
Cured meats such as:
- Parma ham.
Are cold, not cooked, cured and fermented which makes them high risk of containing parasites that cause toxoplasmosis. The best thing is to check on the product whether it is ready to eat or needs to be cooked. If it is ready to eat freeze it for four days before eating it this should reduce the risk drastically. If you’re going to cook them before eating, there will be no need to freeze them first.
Ham and Corned Beef:Y
If you buy pre-packed ham and corned beef, they will be safe for you to eat during your pregnancy.
If you’re like me NUTSABOUTBEANUTS then it’s all good news because peanuts are safe to eat during pregnancy and any food that contain them like peanut butter and some chinese meals. UNLESS you are allergic to them of course.
Your Baby And Allergies:
There is no evidence to support that eating peanuts during pregnancy has any impact on your baby developing an allergy regardless whether a close member of the family has those allergies or not.
In moderation as it is with almost everything in life, eat the liquorice sweets:
And drink the liquorice teas:
But avoid the herbal liquorice root:
Green and Herbal Teas:Y
Green and herbal tea during pregnancy might sound like a good idea because we associate them with being healthy. Don’t forget that green tea contain caffeine.
Although there isn’t enough information on the safety of herbal and green tea during pregnancy, the FSA ( Food Standard Agency ) recommends no more than four cups per day of green and/or herbal tea and to ask your GP or medical care provider about the safety of a specific product.
Same rule apply for pate as for liver DO NOT because of vitamin A.
Is the fish used:
- Caught wild.
If it is raw wild fish then it will need to be frozen first to make sure any parasites that might make you ill are dead. If it is farmed it will be highly unlikely for the fish to contain parasites because of the way it is reared.
Easy way to be safe where sushi is concerned is to eat the well cooked or vegetarian sushi and avoid the raw fish variety.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and it helped you with deciding on the foods that you would like to eat. In my next post I will be talking about:
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