Ban These Foods When You’re Expecting

We all want what’s best for our growing baby. But some foods can affect your health or your baby's than you might realize. Pregnancy affects your immune system. You and your unborn baby are more susceptible to the bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause foodborne illness. Even if you don’t feel sick, some “bugs” like Listeria and Toxoplasma can infect your baby and cause serious health problems. Understanding what foods to avoid when you’re expecting can help you make the healthiest choices for you and your baby. Ban below list of foods from your diet during pregnancy:

Raw Eggs
Raw eggs may be tainted with Salmonella, a bacterium that can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. Always eat eggs that are cooked well whenever you can. This is very important for the mother who is expecting a child.

Sushi is not safe when you're expecting because it may contain illness-inducing parasites. Sayonara sushi (for nine months).         

Unpasteurized Milk
Avoid raw milk and dairy products made from unpasteurized milk, such as Brie, feta, Camembert, Roquefort, blue-veined, queso blanco, queso fresco, and queso Panela as these foods are prone to Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that causes listeriosis, which may result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or other serious health problems.

Liver isn't safe to eat during pregnancy, as it contains high levels of retinol (vitamin A), which may be harmful to your baby.

Unpasteurized Juice
Stay away from juice (like cider) sold at farm stands; it may not have undergone pasteurization, a processing method that kills bacteria and toxins.

Raw or Undercooked Meat and Poultry
Raw or undercooked meat can harbor Toxoplasma and other bacteria. When dining out, make sure your meat is steaming hot and thoroughly cooked.

Raw Cookie Dough
If the dough contains raw eggs, even a taste could pose a risk. It may contain Salmonella bacteria. Bake the cookies and cake. Resist tasting unbaked cookie dough, batter, or filling made with raw eggs.

Big Fish
The bigger and older the fish, the more mercury it's likely to contain. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourage pregnant women to avoid swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish.

Raw, Undercooked or Contaminated Seafood
Raw seafood can be a source of harmful parasites and bacteria. The FDA recommends pregnant women only eat fish and other seafood that has been cooked thoroughly.

Prepared Salads
Salads made in a store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, and seafood salad may contain Listeria. Make salads at home, following the food safety basics: clean, separate, cook, and chill.

Unwashed Fruits and Veggies
Make sure to rinse your fruits and veggies thoroughly under running water. A parasite called Toxoplasma can live on unwashed fruits and veggies. It causes an illness called toxoplasmosis, which can be very dangerous to your baby. Don't use soap to wash produce, just scrub the surface with a small vegetable brush.


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