It is important to have well balanced meals during pregnancy. There are a lot of essential minerals, nutrients as well as vitamins that the developing fetus requires in pregnant moms. In general, the foods are safe, although there are certain foods you need to avoid during pregnancy. These are as follows:

Raw meat: uncooked sea food, beef or poultry are the foods that need to be avoided as they run the risk of contaminating your system with bacteria, salmonella and toxoplasmosis.

Deli meat: These are said to be contaminated with listeria that can result in miscarriage. It can actually cross the placenta and reach the baby, infecting it with blood poisoning and infection. This is life threatening. Take deli meat when it is cooked until steaming.

Mercury imbued fish: High levels of mercury found in fish lead to brain damage and developmental delays. The fish are:

  • Shark
  • Sword fish
  • King Mackerel
  • Tile fish

Canned tuna contains lower levels of mercury than tuna in general but even then, it should be moderately eaten. Some fish used in sushi should not be taken as they contain high mercuric levels. You should check with the particular fish varieties for knowing about the respective mercury levels.

Refrigerated and smoked sea food: These are often labeled as nova style, lox, jerky or kippered. The refrigerated and smoked sea food should be at all costs avoided as they could be infected with the listeria bacteria. They are safe for consumption if they are a part of a casserole or cooked meal. These fish are often available in the deli section of grocery stories. It is safe to go for canned and shelf safe smoked sea fish.

Fish exposed to Industrial pollution: These fish are not safe to be taken. You must avoid the foods that are taken from contaminated rivers and lakes which may be susceptible to high levels of poly chlorinated biphenyl products that are extracted from the industries. This is the case for the fishers who target the local river and lakes or stream fish. Some of them are the following:

  • Trout
  • Wall eye
  • Blue fish
  • Striped bass
  • Pike
  • Salmon

If you need help or instructions regarding the species of fish that you need to consume, seek assistance with the Environmental Protection Agency or the local department of health in your neighborhood. This is in terms of the locally caught fish, and does not include the fish you purchase from the grocery store in your locality.

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