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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy and Healthy Alternatives
April 18, 2013 | Home >Pregnancy > Healthy Kids >Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy and Healthy Alternatives

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy and Healthy Alternatives

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy and Healthy Alternatives. This comprehensive guide will help you make the best decision for you and your baby AND give you an alternative if you find one of your favorite foods on the list. Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy and Healthy Alternatives. This comprehensive guide will help you make the best decision for you and your baby AND give you an alternative if you find one of your favorite foods on the list.

As soon as you find out that you are pregnant, a lot of times your nutrition focus changes.  What is best for my baby?  Are there foods I shouldn’t be eating?  What are the risks?  There can be a lot of conflicting information out there as to if a food or beverage is OK to consumer during pregnancy.   Ultimately, the choice comes down to you and your healthcare provider.   There are definitely foods that we know are unsafe to consume during pregnancy, and others that the research is conflicting, or there is not enough evidence either way.  I turned to the pregnancy experts to compile the best information possible as to which foods may pose a risk during pregnancy.

Many of these foods have a higher chance of having certain kinds of bacteria in them.  Pregnant women are ore susceptible to the effects of these bacteria – for themselves and for their baby.  This is why the healthy experts recommend avoiding them during pregnancy to dramatically decrease the risk of getting food-borne illness during pregnancy.

9 months can be a long time to avoid some of your favorite foods, and so we came up with a reference that not only tells you foods to avoid, but provides an alternative!  We hope this is helpful to you in the coming months as you are trying to provide the best nutrition possible for your growing baby.

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy and Healthy Alternatives


Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy and Healthy Alternatives. This comprehensive guide will help you make the best decision for you and your baby AND give you an alternative if you find one of your favorite foods on the list.

 

Sources: Mayo Clinic Guide to A Healthy Pregnancy

http://americanpregnancy.org

http://www.foodsafety.gov

http://www.mayoclinic.com

written by
Natalie Monson

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Lily Aiden says:

A slightly cooked egg can be very tempting because of its very appetizing look plus the foretold nutients and minerals it has. However, thanks for letting us know that uncooked eggs can be dangerous to pregnancy. I would love to share this post to my friends as well.

piyush001 says:

really nice and awesome article man.. i like this so much and also agree with your reasons.. in the time of pregnancy you have not only your care but the child which is born in you that also your responsibility.. this article really help you to take care both of you..

Brenda says:

Does it mean that it even one glass of wine can be dangerous during pregnancy? A lot of women drink some alcohol, for example, in the very beginning of their pregnancy when they do not know about it and don’t have any problems. I don not doubt that drinking alcohol on a regular basis is harmful, but what about one-time occasion?

Brenda says:

Does it mean that drinking even one glass of wine during pregnancy is dangerous?

Natalie says:

This is the recommendation from the CDC: CDC urges pregnant women not to drink alcohol any time during pregnancy. There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink and no safe kind of alcohol. Personally, I would just avoid it altogether during pregnancy. For me it just isn’t worth the risk.

manasi says:

Pregnancy is the precious time in female’s life. After the child birth she need to take care of her and baby’s health. Diet during this period is very important for feeding baby and herself to recover from the child birth. Since years lactating mothers are fed with high calorie foods. To know more about Weight loss tips for women after pregnancy . Visit : http://www.justforhearts.org/weight-loss-tips-for-women-after-pregnancy/

Marie says:

I have talked to some women who have children and they have never heard of not eating any deli meats, packaged cold cuts or poultry. They all ate finger sandwiches, regular sliced deli meat sandwiches etc and never had any problems. Has it been proven that it may contain Listeria?

Natalie says:

Marie –

While it is definitely true that not deli meats will be contaminated with listeria, yes it has been proven that they may contain listeria. According the CDC (Center for Disease control) Listeria has been found in uncooked meats, uncooked vegetables, un pasteurized milk, foods made from un pasteurized milk, and processed foods. Listeria is killed by pasteurization and cooking. There is a chance that contamination may occur in ready-to-eat foods such as hot dogs and deli meats because contamination may occur after cooking and before packaging. They estimate 1,700 persons become seriously ill each year in the United States and among these, 260 will die. Although the CDC states that pregnant women are 20 times more likely to become infected than non-pregnant healthy adults, the number of cases of listeriosis in pregnant women is about 17%. It is definitely something for you to decide for yourself an to discuss with your doctor. Hope that helps!

Marie says:

Natalie,

That is really great info about Listeria! That number of infected person is quite scary. If you heat the deli meat on a pan, should it safe enough to eat if it is browned? I am not sure how to determine the temperature of the deli meat. What do you think?

Natalie says:

Marie –

Yes, I think I remember my doctor saying if you heat deli meat to the point of steaming then it should be fine.

Natalie says:

Marie –

Yes, I think I remember my doctor saying if you heat deli meat to the point of steaming then it should be fine.

Marie says:

Natalie, thank you for giving me that helpful tip!

Grace says:

Great resource! I just want to add these as well.

Concerning fish and the reccommended amounts: http://www.survivingnjapan.com/2011/05/pregnant-in-japan-diet-nutrition-and.html#foodtoavoid

About do’s and don’ts during pregnancy that are myths http://site.pishposhbaby.com/blog/2014/07/17/pregnancy-myths-infographic/

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Kristy says:

I recommend only green veggi during pregnancy. Really very useful posting for pregnant women. Appreciate you. Spicy and oily food we have to avoid in pregnancy. For Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) use our resource http://www.genediagnostix.com

Eli Merry says:

Hello Natalie,

First off, thanks a lot for sharing such an awesome resource with us especially who are now pregnant. I am also a happily pregnant now. And I really try to be safe and eat safe and healthy to keep my unborn safe.

Recently, I have found another article here- http://www.thetwoangles.com/foods-to-avoid-during-pregnancy/. They also shared some nice stuff but I am not sure if their information is trustworthy or not.

Wish us luck (for me and my unborn)!

Best-
Merry

Kristina says:

Hi Natalie,

Being pregnant surely gave a mother some extra responsibilities to make sure the baby is safe and healthy. So thank you for putting up this list and I’m sure that a lot of moms will find use this reference as their check list.

Thanks,
Kris

#3 says:

For my daughters school we toured a local dairy and they are one of the biggest producers of feta cheese. It is made in the US and is pasteurized. Know where your food is coming from! Many of the big names and cheeses in food chains can be traced back to this dairy.

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