It is important to avoid unhealthy foods during pregnancy for the betterment of expecting mother and baby. Of course, talking to your gynaecologist is the best way to go regarding the dos and don’ts for your pregnancy diet, but we’ve got a handy guide that can prove useful to you.
While omega-3 fatty acids are essential for you and the unborn baby, it is important to steer clear of seafood that may do more harm than good. A lot of seafood should be avoided because it has high mercury content. Refrain from eating mussels and clams as these can give you sea-borne ailments.
Raw or undercooked eggs may give you a salmonella infection that can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. The best way to avoid any issues is to cook eggs until the yolk is firm which makes an omelette, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs safe for consumption.
Undercooked meat and poultry
While meat and poultry are an important source of protein and other vital nutrients but raw or undercooked meat can be contaminated with listeria bacteria. If you like to have meat make sure it is washed well, stored appropriately and cooked thoroughly. Try to avoid having meat at restaurants.
Unwashed fruits and veggies
Uncooked leafy veggies like lettuce and kale may contain pesticides, as well as harbour bacteria that could cause infections or harm the fetus. For fruits and veggies, it is best to wash them thoroughly and peel them before consumption.
It is true that sprouts are a wonderful source of nutrition but eating raw sprouts is a big ‘No’. Raw sprouts contain bacteria that could cause food poisoning. It is best to cook them before eating to rule out the chances of any infection.
Salads at restaurants
Salads from restaurants can put you at risk for stomach infections or foetal problems during pregnancy and it is best to stick to homemade salads during this time.
High sugar foods
Cravings during pregnancy are common. You may find yourself wanting a bar of chocolate, ice cream or a particular sweet anytime. While these aren’t harmful, excess sugar in your diet will pile up the weight that may be difficult to lose post birth.
Consuming an excess of fat-rich foods is definitely not a great idea. It may only push your cholesterol levels higher and may make losing weight post pregnancy much more difficult.
Your doctor may prescribe a couple of vitamins in order to meet the nutritional intake. It’s best to stick to the doctor’s prescription and not self-medicate because an excess of certain vitamins can cause pre-term labour. It may also affect the development of the unborn baby as well as can cause congenital defects.
Foods made from refined, all-purpose flour like muffins, white bread, pizza can cause severe constipation. Switch up your favourite bread-based goodies with high fiber whole grain foods instead.