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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy


When preparing to welcome your newborn into the world, one of the most important things to do is to avoid specific foods while pregnant. As you mark off the days and weeks on your pregnancy calendar, your attention may be devoted to numerous things, such as preparing the baby’s room and making adjustments to your life. Eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones will equip your baby with the right nutrients to enter the world with a healthy body. It is always important to eat well but even more essential when in pregnancy.

Avoid Caffeine

Caffeine causes potential problems such as decreasing the flow of blood to the baby. It can also increase the heart rate of the baby and increase miscarriage risks. Limit your caffeine intake to 200 mg per day. It is a strong diuretic which means it eliminates fluids from the body. Knowing this it is important to drink plenty of water, so you don’t lose too much water and calcium. Be watchful of caffeine in coffee, sodas and both dark and milk chocolate. Keep track of your caffeine intake on your pregnancy calendar. The safest way is to abstain from consuming caffeine.

Limit Mercury Intake

While fish is a healthy food for the average person, you want to avoid specific types of fish while pregnant. Fish such as tuna, swordfish, and shark have higher mercury content, which can be potentially damaging to a baby’s underdeveloped nervous system. Certain types of fish that is used in sushi contain high levels of mercury and should be avoided seriously. Choose safer fish options such as shrimp, salmon, and catfish.

Avoid Listeria

Pregnant women are particularly prone to illnesses resulting from listeria, a bacteria found in animal products, soil, and water. Miscarriage and infections are caused by listeria. Foods that contain listeria are soft cheeses, hot dogs, lunchmeats, raw milk, smoked seafood and unpasteurized juice. Avoid all foods with a long shelf life. Cook foods thoroughly to avoid bacterial infection. Make sure you drink pasteurized milk and eat cheeses made with pasteurized milk.


No amount of alcohol is safe

Alcohols should bi significantly avoided during pregnancy as can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other development disorders. Also, you should continue to avoid it during breastfeeding as it brings harmful risks reaching the baby.