5 Foods Pregnant Women Should Never Eat

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Expectant moms know that there are certain types of food that should be completely avoided during their pregnancy to keep their unborn baby healthy. However, the list of these foods has become so long and controversial that it’s already difficult to figure out which food is safe to eat and which poses a health risk. To clear things out for you, we’ve listed down five of the foods that you should never, ever eat on the whole duration of your pregnancy.

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  1. Unpasteurized Cheeses. Cheese may be tasty, but it’s important to know that there are certain types of cheese that should be avoided by pregnant women. Among these types are the unpasteurized cheeses, since they have long been linked with the foodborne illness called listeriosis. Once you get infected with this illness, you’ll be more prone to experiencing miscarriages, premature labour and other severe illnesses. If you still want to fill in your cheese cravings, opt for safer alternatives like mozzarella cheese instead.
  1. Deli Meats. They may be cheap and convenient, but their safety in relation with pregnant women has been one of the most controversial topic for years. Similar with unpasteurized cheeses, deli meats including salami, ham, bologna and hotdog, are believed to be linked to listeriosis that causes miscarriage and stillbirths. To avoid acquiring such illness, cook these meat until they’re steaming hot before you eat them or avoid them entirely.
  1. Liver.  Liver, or even most liver products, contain high amounts of vitamin A that can be dangerous during the early months of pregnancy and may cause birth defects in babies. To prevent this from happening, monitor your vitamin A intake by going on a diet that consists of healthy meat, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

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  1. Caffeinated Coffee or Tea. This can be quite depressing especially if you’re a coffee lover, but caffeine in coffee, tea and soft drinks is believed to be capable of affecting your baby’s heart rate. Most doctors would recommend consuming no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine daily, but if you’re unsure as to how much caffeine is safe for you, then it would be best that you avoid it altogether.
  1. Raw Milk. Similar with unpasteurized cheese, raw milk can also pose health risks on your unborn baby. Unpasteurized milk including goat’s and sheep’s milk are believed to carry pathogens than can make you sick, or even suffer listeriosis. So it would be best to steer clear from raw milk during your entire pregnancy term and just stick with skim milk as a safer alternative.

Having a healthy and safe diet is essential during your pregnancy period. So remember these foods that you should avoid eating during your pregnancy term to ensure that you have a safe pregnancy period and that your baby stays healthy as well.

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Positive Pregnancy Outcome

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When you are pregnant, it is important that you observe healthy pregnancy. This is to ensure that you will have a positive outcome. There are many things that you can do to ensure your health and the baby. The first thing that you can do is submit to retinal imaging. You should know that local researchers here in Singapore established that retinal imaging can help determine pregnancy outcome.

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Pregnant women can now use retinal imaging or photograph to give her a marker of the health of the baby. This is a non invasive method and it is completely safe for the mother and the baby. Apart from this, you can ensure that your pregnancy will have a positive outcome if you consider the following things:

1.       Avoid working hard

If you are a working mother, you should not exhaust all your energies. Avoid mental and physical fatigue. If you are travelling often, explain your condition to the company. More importantly, when you work, be sure that you wear comfortable shoes and shirt.

2.       Eat healthy

What you eat will impact the health of the baby. You should make it a point to eat healthy foods knowing that your baby can benefit from it. Always eat vegetables and fruits. More importantly, you should take your supplements and vitamins.

3.       Exercise regularly

You should exercise regularly. Pregnant women can benefit from exercise. The simple act of walking can make a difference at the end of the day. If the doctor thinks that you need to lessen your physical activities, you should follow it without hesitation.

Pregnancy is a joyful moment. It should not be seen as a burden. If you have a difficult pregnancy, it is important that you follow the orders of the doctor. Good luck on your pregnancy!

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