Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy.

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Deli Meat: Deli meats have been known to be contaminated with Listeria, which can cause miscarriage. Listeria has the ability to cross the placenta and may infect the baby leading to infection or blood poisoning, which may be life-threatening. If you are pregnant and you are considering eating deli meats, make certain that you reheat the meat until it is steaming.

Fish with Mercury: Fish that contain high levels of mercury should be avoided. Mercury consumed during pregnancy has been linked to developmental delays and brain damage. A sample of these types of fish include: shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. Canned, chunk light tuna generally has less amounts of mercury than other tuna, but still should only be eaten in moderation. Certain types of fish used in sushi should also be avoided due to high levels of mercury. Please see Mercury in Fish for specific types of fish and further information on how to calculate mercury levels.


Smoked Seafood -Refrigerated, smoked seafood often labed as lox, nova style, kippered, or jerky should be avoided because they could be contaminated with Listeria. (These are safe to eat when they are in an ingredient in meal that has been cooked like a casserole.) This type of fish is often found in the deli section or regridgerated section. Canned or shelf-safe smoked seafood is ok to eat.


Fish exposed to Industrial Pollutants: Avoid fish from contaminated lakes and rivers that may be exposed to high levels of polychlorinated biphyenyls. This is primarily for those who fish in local lakes and streams. These fish include: blue fish, striped bass, salmon, pike, trout, and walleye. Contact the local health department or Environmental Protection Agency to determine which fish are safe to eat in your area. Remember, this is regarding fish caught in local waters and not fish from your local grocery store.


Raw Shellfish: The majority of seafood borne illness is caused by undercooked shellfish, which include oysters, clams, and mussels. Cooking helps prevent some types of infection, but it does not prevent the algae-related infections that are associated with red tides. Raw shellfish pose concern for everybody and they should be avoided altogether during pregnancy.

Raw Eggs: Raw eggs or any foods that contain raw eggs should be avoided because of the potential exposure to salmonella. Some homemade Caesar dressings, mayonnaise, homemade ice cream or custards, and Hollandaise sauces may be made with raw eggs.

If the recipe is cooked at some point, this will reduce the exposure to salmonella. Commercially manufactured ice cream, dressings and eggnog are made with pasteurized eggs and do not increase the risk of salmonella. Restauants also should be using pasteurized eggs in any recipe that is made with raw eggs, such as Hollandaise sauce or dressings.



Soft Cheeses: Imported soft cheeses may contain bacteria called Listeria, which can cause miscarriage. Listeria has the ability to cross the placenta and may infect the baby leading to infection or blood poisoning, which can be life-threatening. You would need to avoid soft cheeses such as : brie, camembert, Roquefort, feta, gorgonzola and Mexican style cheeses that include queso blanco and queso fresco, unless they clearly state that they are made from pastuerized milk. All soft non-imported cheeses made with pasteurized milk are safe to eat.


Unpasteurized Milk: Unpasteurized milk may contain bacteria called Listeria, which can cause miscarriage. Listeria has the ability to cross the placenta and may infect the baby leading to infection or blood poisoning, which can be life-threatening. Make sure that any milk that you drink is pasteurized


Pate: Refrigereated pate or meat spreads should be avoided because it may contain the bacteria Listeria. Canned pate, or shelf-safe meat spreads can be eaten


Caffeine: Although most studies show that caffeine intake in moderation is okay, there are others that show that caffeine intake may be related to miscarriages. Avoid caffeine during the first trimester to reduce the likelihood of a miscarriage. As a general rule, caffeine should be limited to fewer than 300 mg per day during pregnancy. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it helps eliminate fluids from the body. This can result in water and calcium loss. It is important that you are drinking plenty of water, juice, and milk rather than caffeinated beverages. Some research shows that large amounts of caffeine are associated with miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, and withdrawal symptoms in infants. The safest thing is not to consume caffeine.



Alcohol: There is NO amount of alcohol that is known to be safe during pregnancy, and therefore alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy. Prenatal exposure to alcohol can interfere with the healthy development of the baby. Depending on the amount, timing, and pattern of use, alcohol consumption during pregnancy can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or other developmental disorders. If you consumed alcohol before you knew you were pregnant, stop drinking now. Alcohol should continue to be avoided during breastfeeding. Exposure to alcohol as an infant poses harmful risks, and alcohol does reach the baby during breastfeeding


Unwashed Vegetables: Yes, vegetables are safe to eat, so you still need to eat them. However, it is essential to make sure they are washed to avoid potential exposure to toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis may contaminate the soil where the vegetables were grown.
 
That is nice and clearly written.

Ive adhered to most of it but I have had Feta cheese (I checked it was pasturised), ham slices and the odd glass of wine.



Missing from the list is rare meat - its a no no too, and whipped ice cream.
 
Pate: Refrigereated pate or meat spreads should be avoided because it may contain the bacteria Listeria. Canned pate, or shelf-safe meat spreads can be eaten

Does this include the sandwich spreads that you get in the little jars?
 
I've been really wanting to have pate on toast but have resisted.

Can someone please tell me that I can have some :pray: :pray:
 
My MW has only told me that I cannot eat spicy foods and undercooked meats... obviously alcohol as well.. :roll:

But Deli meats etc...and cheeses I've been told to eat in small portions... And fish too... But then we live in a tiny fishing village so when we by fish, it was usually alive about an hour before, so its pretty fresh.

A lot of the foods on that list though I don't eat mainly because I don't like them.
 
laura-82 said:
I've been really wanting to have pate on toast but have resisted.

Can someone please tell me that I can have some :pray: :pray:


u can have that beef paste in jars etc or tinned pate but not many shops sell the tinned pate
 
Don't you just want to eat all of the things you're not supposed to JUST because you can't! I've been craving peanut butter and stilton since I found out I was pregnant and I hardly ever ate either before! :roll:
 
ive not stopped eating peanut, thought that was just if you have a family history of nut allergy?

as for stilton etc, can you eat if its made from pasterised milk?
 
With all my pregnancies i've eaten most of the no no's if i've fancied them.

I craved peanuts with one and ate them constantly, have had loads with this one too, and steak and stilton pasties ooh yummy.

I think moderation is the key and if baby is exposed to certain things in the womb its less likely to have a reaction to it when it born.

Thats just my opinion anyway.
 
I miss Bree Camembert and Pate. :twisted: :lol:
Want wait to eat some after the birth! Must have some in hte Fridge for feb :lol:
 
Christmas is gonna be a nightmare, I love all the cold meats and pate, cheeses etc that seem to fill the fridge for weeks, not to mention the lack of mulled wine which I love to make while wrapping pressies to get me in the xmas spirit.....such sacrifice!! :lol:

I know it will all be worth it tho when I can get totally overexcited next year with our LO!!
 

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