Oct 13, 2010

Foods to be Avoided During Pregnancy – Part II

Here is a detailed guide to which foods are to be evaded and which ones are safe to consume during pregnancy.

Beverages that should be restricted or avoided

Alcohols (beers, wines, spirits) –

These tend to rob growing cells of O2 & several other vital nutrient types which prevents proper fetal growth. The impact of being exposed to alcohols ‘in utero’ on the foetus’s cerebral capabilities and physical development are lasting.

As per information provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention & ‘the March of Dimes’, there is nothing as a safe amount of alcoholic drink intake which is risk-free for a pregnant woman.

Non-pasteurized Juice-

Like ciders procured from pavement stand, at farm or shops have a greater likelihood of harbouring an array of germ varieties inclusive of bacteria Escherichia coli. Hence, it is imperative that the labelling be checked for ensuring pasteurization of juices has been done.

Lead –
It has been associated with underweight babies, premature birth and growth delay among infants. In case one lives in an older residence having lead-based piping then it could percolate into tap water & resident filtering system might be incapable of preventing lead from making an entry inside the body.

In case one has doubts regarding one’s tap water then it is best to get it checked.

Even water after bottling is not essentially pure since it is frequently re-purposed civic water.

Caffeine –
Its presence in teas, coffees, cold drinks, energy drinks & several other mediums might raise chances of a pregnant woman miscarrying, having below-normal weight baby at birth and stillbirths, however several studies are at variance.

According to the March of Dimes recommendation pregnant women should be restricting intake of caffeine to no more than two hundred mgms or twelve oz. coffee daily.

Herbal Tea & Supplement forms

Herbal tea forms are non-caffeinated; however how safe they are during pregnancy is not clear. There is deficit of dependable human trials on how safe herbal preparation types like supplement – Saint John’s Wort and others are during gestation. The FDA doesn’t regularly conduct monitoring of the worth of dietetic supplements.

Even as it is perhaps safe to consume herbal tea spotted in super marts, expectant mothers must evade huge amounts of it and totally evade herbal supplements. Although several herb and supplement forms are safe to use for supporting normal pregnancy yet it is imperative to firstly notify the physician or mid-wives regarding any supplements usage when pregnant.

There is scientific agreement that some prevalent herb & supplement varieties must be evaded when pregnant.

  • Herb forms containing stimulant or caffeine-comprising supplement forms, particularly ones developed for promoting weight reduction and others like:
    • Garcinai cambogia.
    • Cocoa extract.
    • Betel.
    • Kola nut.
  • Botanical forms to evade during pregnancy comprise of:
    • Black walnut.
    • Tansy.
    • Golden seal.
    • Penny royal.
    • Cascara sagrada.
    • Pao d’arco.
    • Wormwood.
    • Senna.

Also expectant mothers or those planning to conceive are advised to not cross the ten thousand or above international units mark of daily intake of vitamin A due to the danger of birth anomalies. Several more recent & speciality nutrient types have not yet been corroborated as risk-free for pregnant females and must be evaded.

The gist is that it is imperative to discuss with your obst. & gynaecologist regarding any herbal supplement or vitamin forms prior to starting their intake during gestation.

Allergy-causing foods

In case the woman or her partner or one of her other kids have some form of allergy, then her baby would have greater likelihood of also having some form of food allergy.

According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommendation it is best to avoid particular food allergen types like peanut or its presence in product forms when pregnant or breastfeeding a baby could lessen allergies in prone infants.

However there is miniscule advantage of evading allergen types when pregnant and nursing for others.

Prior to amending dietetic intake, discussing with the physician regarding family case history of any allergy & asthma & speaking with a certified nutritionist having knowledge regarding food allergy is vital.

There is certainly space for indulgences such as chip, cookie and ice-creams when pregnant, however it is vital to opt for food types which perform dual tasks by offering the added calorific worth the mother needs and additional nutrient forms that help in maximizing fetal growth.

Foods to be Avoided During Pregnancy – Part I

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