Raw shellfish: A lot of illnesses result from sea foods. You need to avoid clams, mussels and oysters. Cooking prevents contamination, although the algae still remain, and hence these should be avoided during pregnancy.

Raw eggs: They induce risks of salmonella, and hence foods like Caesar dressings, ice cream, custard, hollandaise sauces or mayonnaise should be avoided. A cooked recipe may reduce the salmonella risks, although it is best to go for commercially made ice creams, eggnog and dressings as they use pasteurized eggs.

Imported Soft cheese: These may contain listeria that may result in miscarriage. It can actually cross the placenta and reach the baby, infecting it with blood poisoning and infection. This is life threatening. Avoid cheeses like:

  • Mexican cheeses
  • Feta
  • Roquefort
  • Camembert
  • Brie and
  • Gorgonzola

Don’t go for them unless they mention that they are made from pasteurized milk and hence are safe for consumption. Generally, these foods include queso fresco and queso blanco.

Unpasteruized milk: All kinds of unpasteruized milk may contain the bacteria that are known as listeria which can actually cross the placenta and reach the baby, infecting it with blood poisoning and infection. This is life threatening. Hence, it is safe to go for pasteurized milk.

Pate: Refrigerated pate as well as meat spreads must be avoided by pregnant mothers as they may also contain the bacteria that are known as listeria, which can be life threatening. However, you may eat shelf pate or for that matter canned pate.

Caffeine: A majority of studies have shown that caffeine can be taken in moderation, although they have also been linked with miscarriages. You should avoid taking caffeine during the first trimester of your pregnancy as it can lead to miscarriage. The amount and quantity should be restricted to less than 300 mg a day. Seek alternatives to caffeinated beverages like fresh water, juice and milk. Caffeine has been observed to cause:

  • Miscarriage
  • Premature delivery
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Low birth weight

Alcohol: Alcohol is never safe during pregnancy. This is the reason as to why it should be strictly avoided. Prenatal exposure to various kinds of alcohol may impede the health and growth of your baby. It may cause Fetal Alcohol syndrome depending on amount, pattern of use and timing of alcohol consumption.

Unwashed vegetables: This prevents potential exposure to toxoplasmosis which may contaminate the soil.

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