Foods You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

Many questions arise in the minds of pregnant women, especially for the first time undergoing pregnancy about what can and should not be eaten during pregnancy. Often there is a wrong understanding of the type of food that is avoided but it is actually very necessary during pregnancy.

There are several types of food that are best avoided during pregnancy because they can cause infections such as; salmonella, toxoplasmosis, listeria, E.coli, which will certainly be harmful to pregnant women and the fetus contain.

Foods You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

Foods You Should Avoid During Pregnancy
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Here are some foods you should avoid during pregnancy:

Raw meat/sushi and undercooked

This food is risky because it contains Toxoplasmosis, a parasite that can cause serious infections in your fetus and also E. coli, a bacterium that is harmful to pregnant women and the fetus.

Vegetables that are not washed properly

It is feared that vegetables that are not washed still contain harmful substances leftover from pesticides intended for plant fertility. For that, clean your vegetables well, especially for salads or vegetables that are eaten raw.

Cooked eggs are not cooked or raw,

avoid eating chicken liver/meat which may be a source of salmonella, which can cause severe diarrhea in pregnant women. Also note the dishes, cooking utensils that are exposed to raw chicken meat to be washed.

Tuna steak, sea bass, shark, or large fish that are known to contain high levels of mercury which can cause nerve damage if eaten in large quantities.

Soft cheeses such as brie and camembert, blue-veined cheese as well as cheese from goat and sheep milk, milk that is not pasteurized.

All of these products carry the risk of carrying listeria. Listeria is a type of bacteria that can penetrate the placenta and cause fetal infection. Usually, there are no symptoms or even if there will be like the flu. Listeria can cause miscarriage, premature birth, and poisoning in the blood.

Drinks that contain alcohol

Drinks containing alcohol can cause developmental abnormalities in the fetus as well as emotional problems in the baby.

Drinks that contain caffeine such as coffee and tea,

Caffeinated drinks should be avoided because coffee can affect low weight in infants, miscarriage, and also caffeine reduces iron absorption.

From some of the explanations mentioned earlier, you can apply to always choose healthy foods during pregnancy so that the mother and fetus to be born become healthy children as desired.

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