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Top 10 Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy to achieve Best Results

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 04 Jan 2019 - Written by Dr. Srilatha Gorthi - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

Pregnant women are always advised to follow a pregnancy diet chart. Foods to avoid during pregnancy include sushi, raw eggs, excess caffeine, green lettuce, nitrate based foods, alcohol, and precooked meat. Organic juices of unpasteurized type and soft cheese also need to be avoided from time to time.

Let’s Discuss in More Details About What Food You Should Avoid When Pregnant:

The joy of getting into motherhood is incomparable for women. Each day of your pregnancy brings a lot of joy to you. It is very important to take a healthy diet and follow your doctor advise. Light exercises and a balanced diet are proven ways to ease the discomfort at the time of delivery or childbirth. Certain foods may have an adverse effect on your pregnancy and can trigger potential risks to your pregnancy. It is important for you to know about foods you must avoid during pregnancy as certain food items can cause foodborne diseases, which can also affect your fetus. Other food items can weaken your immune system and can make you feel less energized. Moreover, a weak body makes it difficult for you to bear labor pain and affects your ability to cope up with post-delivery complications.

What Not To Eat When Pregnant

1. Raw Eggs: 

As per research, the raw or uncooked egg may contain salmonella virus, which can cause problems like diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. If you love eating eggs then you can include them in your diet in form of scrambled eggs, half-fried or as salad dressings.

What Not To Eat When Pregnant

2. Sushi: 

Sushi is a popular Japanese-food and maybe a favorite of many. It is made with boiled rice, fish and vegetables. For a pregnant women, sushi is one of the most important food items to avoid as there may be parasites inside the Sushi you consume leading to infections.

3. Unpasteurized Organic Juices: 

Fresh fruit juice and green vegetables to make a healthy food option for pregnant women as they add on to the immunity of the fetus. However, the unpasteurized organic juices do form an unhealthy option for a pregnant woman. Before picking up a can of juice, always ensure that the juice is pasteurized.

4. Excess Caffeine: 

Though caffeine can be helpful in reducing stress during pregnancy, you should be mindful to not take it in excess. For pregnant women, caffeine intake should not exceed more than 300 mg that is 2-3 cups of coffee per day. One cup of coffee per day makes it an ideal amount of caffeine intake for pregnant women. Excess caffeine can harm the growth of your baby, especially if you are in your first trimester. Instead, try to include fresh and pasteurized fruit and vegetable juices as part of your diet.

5. Sea Foods: 

Seafood are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps in brain development for the fetus. However, research shows that particular varieties of fish such as swordfish, shark, and tilefish do contain high amounts of mercury, which can cause brain impairment for a growing fetus. Instead include salmon, shrimps and light tuna, which are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Seafoods

6. Soft Cheese: 

Listeria is well-known bacteria often found in multiple variants of cheese such as Feta, Brie and Gorgonzola. Listeria can have an adverse effect on your pregnancy and may even lead to miscarriage, premature birth or stillborn. As per a recent guideline of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) U.S.A. its safe to consume soft cheese made of pasteurized milk, but you should be wary enough while consuming them.

7. Foods with Nitrates: 

Foods like bacon, sausages, and hot-dogs are rich in nitrates and have a low nutritional value. They can cause brain tumors and diabetes. You should also avoid saccharin or any other artificial sweetener during pregnancy.

8. Alcohol: 

If you consume alcohol regularly than pregnancy is a perfect time to quit. Though 4 ounces of red wine once or twice a week does not cause harm to your health drinks with high amounts of alcohol should be avoided as it can cause severe birth defects for your growing fetus.

9. Lettuce: 

Green leafy vegetables are fibrous and help in balancing weight during pregnancy. However, lettuce is not considered a good pick as it may contain heavy amounts of contaminants. You should also avoid eating the skin of any of the green leafy vegetables. The skin of vegetables contains high amounts even after repeated washes.

Green Leafy Vegetable

10. Precooked Meat: 

Precooked meat can encourage the growth of bacteria, which in turn can lead to food poisoning in case of pregnant women. If you wish to consume precooked meat then be sure to heat it well before eating.

Dr. Srilatha Gorthi

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Laparoscopic Surgeon, Gynecologic Surgeon
Hyderabad

Dr. Srilatha Gorthi is an infertility specialist and laparoscopy surgeon located in Hyderabad. Her area of expertise lies in the field of Gynae diseases and conditions, and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). She provides a number of services that comprise of In vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), ICSI, TESA, MESA, Gynae Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopy, treatment of Ovarian Cysts, Endometriosis, PCOS, Fibroids, Polyps and so on. Dr. Srilatha Gorthi practices at The Birthplace Hospital, Revive Multi Specialty Clinics and Fertility Centre, and The Birthplace Clinic and has a rich experience of more than 18 years. Dr. Gorthi has won 9 Gold Medals in MBBS.She is a reputed member of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), European society of Gynaecological Endoscopy and British Medical Association, UK, and British Fertility Society. You can get her information at www.elawoman.com

5 Comments

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Komal Giri

I used to have all the green vegetables during my pregnancy but I never knew lettuce should be forbidden.

Oct. 12, 2018, 12:43 p.m. 5.0

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Sumitra Goyal

None of the food tastes good to me and they are all smelly. Please suggest a balanced diet plan for me in pregnancy.

Jan. 4, 2018, 7:09 p.m. 5.0

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Nazriya Nallapu

Flax seeds are rich in omega 3. You can include them in your diet as omega 3 has DHA which appears to be important for visual and neurological development in the fetus.

Nov. 19, 2017, 2:29 p.m. 4.5

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Priya Goragandhi

Papaya can be taken if you are pregnant or trying to conceive. It is safe, just make sure that the papaya is well ripened. It has vitamin C and E and is a good source of fibres and folic acid as well.

Nov. 3, 2017, 3:11 p.m. 4.5

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Swetha

Can pregnant women and women trying to get pregnant take Papaya?

Sept. 4, 2017, 1:24 p.m. 4.5

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