Tuesday, 26 May, 2009

Foods to avoid during pregnancy and why it is harmful

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During our pregnancy, we sometimes get confused as to which foods should be consumed and which are the ones we should restrict ourselves to. This list should come to good use for moms not aware of the certain culprit foods which should be avoided and why.

Firstly, understand why certain foods should be avoided:
The complications are even more now as your body changes and your immune system, now make you more vulnerable to food-borne illnesses. The foods which caused you tender illness when you weren't pregnant could mean higher risk and the chances of miscarriages to dehydration and other complications..

Eggs: foods which contain completely cooked eggs have less or no risk at all. Foods which have either the yellow or white half-cooked or raw make their way into the risk list, because raw eggs may be tainted with a bacterium called salmonella and the intake of foods like egg-nog, raw cookie dough, etc.. could cause your tummy a diarrhea, or a fever and vomiting.

Fish: fish which contain the omega-3 fatty acids are fine to consume because it helps in the development of your baby’s brain. Fishes that contain high levels of methyl-mercury, a pollutant that can affect baby's nervous system should be avoided. For e.g. the swordfish, shark, and tile fish or any species which live for longer span of life because of the accumulated mercury in their bodies. You can limit your intake of fish at all costs because most species contain traces of mercury that can be harmful to the fetus.

Sushi: sushi may contain illness-inducing inducing parasites which is not safe while you're pregnant.

Unpasteurized Juice: while some brands of milk and juices sold at the stores are pasteurized, some may not. It would be a good to read the labels before you purchase them. Juices sold at the farms may not be pasteurized.

Note: Pasteurization is a process that helps kill the bacteria and toxins.


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