Whilst pregnant, you will find there are several sacrifices that you will be making. Sadly, one of these includes monitoring your pregnancy diet – yes, we feel your pain. Below we made a food guide of what you should avoid and intake when pregnant to ensure the baby growing inside you is as healthy as can be.
Raw or partially cooked food
Raw or partially cooked foods, like over-easy style eggs, can increase the risk of you and your baby developing salmonella food poisoning. In addition to this, raw or partially raw meats, especially poultry, can increase the risk of toxoplasmosis. Although there is a rare chance of you or your baby catching toxoplasmosis, it is good to take precautions especially with the sensitivity of your fetus.
An excessive amount of vitamin A can be harmful to your baby. Avoid liver products or high-dose vitamin supplements which oftentimes contain large amounts of this vitamin.
Excessive amounts of caffeine can lead to complications such as increased risk of miscarriage, and low birth weight. Being that caffeine is found in several food items, consuming a normal amount of caffeine (no more than 300mg daily) is definitely ok and will not pose a threat to your baby. However, high doses of caffeine can trigger birth complications. It’s best to completely omit consuming things such as energy drinks which are packed with large amounts of caffeine.
When it comes to pregnancy there are no exceptions to alcohol. If you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or still breastfeeding, you should avoid drinking altogether. Everything that you eat or intake while pregnant, your baby consumes as well. Even when you give birth, the same goes. Although your baby is no longer inside you, if you are breastfeeding – you are still responsible for feeding them. Don’t intake any products that could cause long-term damages to your child’s development.
Being that you are housing a growing baby, it is crucial that you are getting a sufficient amount of calcium and proteins such as casein and whey. Dairy products are excellent sources of these nutrients.
Salmon can be an excellent source of omega 3-fatty acids which most pregnant women fall short of. This can help with your fetus’ brain development. However, due to high mercury levels, any seafood should be consumed in moderation.
Dark leafy greens, such as broccoli, contains several vitamins and antioxidants the baby needs in its development. These vegetables are associated with a decreased risk of low birth weight and decreased the risk of constipation for you or your baby.