“Eat this, eat that.”
“Don’t touch that it’ll make your baby sick.”
Everyone has an opinion when it comes to diets, especially when they’re discussing pregnant women. You have probably been given a long list of foods that you should avoid, and another list suggesting the foods that you eat. There’s another list you need to be aware of, though. It’s foods that are generally considered healthy, but that pregnant women should steer clear of.
There are five items on the list that we have put together for you so, let’s take a look at what they are and why you should avoid them altogether (it’s better to be safe, than sorry).
Okay, so you probably already know that this normally healthy food is one to be avoided during pregnancy. Do you know why? It’s all about the risk of mercury. It has been linked to brain damage as well as developmental delays. Typical risky kinds of seafood include mackerel, shark, and swordfish. Canned tuna is typically less risky than other types of tuna, but this is something that should only be eaten in moderation. Wild salmon is another fish that is considered safe. The key is to only eat the safe fish twice a week.
This is often something that pregnant women think is a good substitute for the healthy seafood that they are missing out on. So, they enjoy kippers, jerky, and lox instead. Mercury isn’t the risk here, listeria is. These are the fishes that you will find in the supermarket’s deli section. It is safe to eat them if they have been cooked in a casserole.
Organ meat is known for its affordability and its’ amazing nutrients. It contains vitamins A and B, as well as copper. All of which, is great for you and your growing baby. Unfortunately, there is such a thing as too much vitamin A from animal-based sources. In fact, eating organ meat while pregnancy can lead to toxicity and high levels of copper. Both of these can result in liver toxicity and birth defects. So, avoid organ meat. If you just can’t live without it, stick to just once a week.
It might be mung bean, alfalfa, radish or clover sprouts – whatever sprouts that you prefer, you should avoid them during pregnancy. Why? Salmonella. The environment that the seeds need to grow is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Additionally, it’s almost impossible to wash this bacteria off. So, avoid raw sprouts and if you do plan to eat sprouts, ensure they are cooked to kill any bacteria that is present.
Green papaya is one fruit that you should avoid as it can cause early miscarriages. It’s in a lot of Asian dishes so, please make sure you check. It’s completely safe to eat ripe papayas so you don’t have to miss out on them altogether. Pineapple is another risky fruit due to its bromelain content. Normally, it’s an excellent way to relieve arthritic pain and get relief from allergies. However, bromelain can soften the cervix which can be dangerous in the first trimester of pregnancy. The safest way forward is to avoid pineapple during the early months of your pregnancy.
All we can really say is do your research and do what feels right to you. We’ve always been told to avoid certain foods when we’re pregnant; but millions have actually eaten those foods and managed to survive. Be vigilant and consider your own needs, and your bubs. It’s the best way to be.