Oct 12, 2010

Foods to be Avoided During Pregnancy – Part I

During pregnancy whatever is eaten and drunk can influence the little one’s health, perhaps everlastingly. Daily food & beverage types don a newer connotation as several might pose a threat to a growing fetus.

Whole foods or those that have undergo light processing like lean meat, fruit, veggies, legume, whole grain forms & less-fat milk products must be forming the foundation of gestational dietetic intake.

Here’s what kinds of foods are to be avoided during pregnancy.

Uncooked or rare animal-based foods

Rare animal food types like uncooked oyster, undercooked meats, clam, sushi, non-pasteurized egg, underdone dough of cookies or cakes & home-made egg nog might have a plethora of bacterial, viral and parasitic forms. For reducing one’s risk of food-borne sickness, one should be testing how well done meats, poultry & fishes are using food thermometers, cooking egg till there is no gooey consistency left and following step-by-step instruction when one bakes – and avoid eating underdone dough.

Hot Dog, Prepackaged or processed meat & non-pasteurized milk products

Such food forms are subject to listeria which is a causal agent of listerellosis that might contribute to a woman miscarrying, stillbirths or several grave health issues.

Apart from hot dog and pre-packaged meat – inclusive of delis (hams, turkeys, salamis, bolognas – several meat forms post-processing and seafood which might have this bacterium inclusive of pate, meat spread & smoked seafood under refrigeration (like salmons, trouts, whitefishes, mackerels, cods, tunas). Their labelling might appear like:

  • Kipper.
  • Lox.
  • Smoked.
  • Nova style.
  • Jerky.

Smoked seafood varieties that are under refrigeration could be eaten as constituent of dishes post-cooking such as casserole. Pre-packaged meat & frankfurter are deemed alright to consume in case they are re-heated till steamed-hot.

Also expectant mothers must drain off fluids present in packaging of hot dogs on food, vessels & food preparatory surface. Also they must remember washing hands once they have handled deli pre-packaged meat & hot dog.

Non-pasteurized milk products additionally have a likelihood of having listeria presence. Hence, avoiding raw forms prepared from these like:

  • Queso (Fresco, blanco, panela).
  • Brie.
  • Roquefort.
  • Blue veined.
  • Camembert.
Particular Seafood & Fishes

Large-sized fishes like sharks, tilefishes, king mackerels, swordfishes – have elevated mercury levels in comparison to other fishes that could interfere with regular fetal development.

As per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines, expectant and breastfeeding females could consume close to twelve oz. week-by-week intake of low-mercury seafood inclusive of salmons (wild or post-farming), shrimps, tinned light tunas, sardine, catfishes, pollocks & tilapias. White meat tunas or solid tunas have greater mercurial presence as compared to tinned light tunas. The FDA advices that expectant mothers restrict intake of albacore variety to six oz. in a week’s time and including it in the twelve ounce limitation.

Sport-related fishing done is river, lake, pond and stream might additionally have industry contaminants that can mess around with a growing nervous system. Sport fishermen must ideally be checking how safe their waterway is with their neighbourhood health department.

Raw Sprout

According to the Food and Drug Administration advice pertinent to all, irrespective of whether they are pregnant or not to evade consuming uncooked sprout – inclusive of moong, clovers, alfa alfa, radishes. This has been recommended since bacterial forms could easily get inside sprouted seed & not be possible to rinse off. Also the agency counsels all expectant mothers for requesting that uncooked sprout forms not be included in their meal.

It is perfectly alright to consume sprout varieties subsequent to thorough cooking, as per FDA guidelines.


Also known as Bisphenol A, it is an industry chemical employed for making several tough plastic forms and the liner in several tinned foods. BPA disrupts endocrine functioning which can hamper regular fetal growth.

The FDA has been researching bisphenol A and hasn’t advised expectant mothers to evade it. However in the initial part of 2010, it released a statement that latest researches offer motive for some concerns regarding the likely effects of bisphenol A on the brains, behaviours & prostate gland in fetus, infant and kids. Majority of such testing has been animal-based & the agency states that there are considerable doubts regarding bisphenol A’s impact on the health of humans. The plastic business has asserted that less amounts of bisphenol A exposure is not risky.

In case one chooses to evade it during pregnancy, a broad-ranging array of non-BPA plastic & glass container types are obtainable.

Foods to be Avoided During Pregnancy – Part II

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