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Foods that are Dangerous during Pregnancy

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“There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.” This beautiful quote by Pamela S. Nadav summarizes the amazing time in a woman’s life when she is pregnant.

It can also be a very confusing time. There are hundreds of articles offering pregnancy-related advice, especially regarding what is safe to eat.

The hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy cause food cravings. However, before eating anything, you need to think about the safety of your unborn baby. You can always consult your doctor regarding a healthy diet during pregnancy and what foods you should avoid.


foods to avoid during pregnancy

Here are a few foods that all women should avoid during pregnancy.

1. Raw and Partially Cooked Eggs

avoid uncooked eggs

If you have the habit of tossing raw eggs into your morning smoothie to give it a protein boost, skip this ingredient during your pregnancy.


Pregnant women must avoid eating raw or partially cooked eggs. They pose a huge risk for salmonella infection, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. This in turn affects the baby’s health.

Eggs are a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals, so if you want to eat eggs during your pregnancy, just make sure that they are cooked.

Cook them until the yolks and whites are firm to reduce the risk of salmonella poisoning. Also, wash your hands after handling eggs as salmonella is often present on the shells.

In addition, avoid foods made with raw or partially cooked eggs, such as homemade mayonnaise, Caesar salad dressing and others.

2. Alcohol



Pregnant women should abstain from drinking alcohol due to its adverse effects on pregnancy outcomes. Alcohol significantly increases the risk for fetal alcohol syndrome, developmental disorders and miscarriages.

During the first trimester, it increases the risk of miscarriage, while during the second and final trimesters it can be very harmful to the unborn baby.

There is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy. Even when breastfeeding, you should avoid drinking alcohol.

3. Coffee


Limit the amount of coffee that you drink during pregnancy. Its high caffeine content works as a stimulant that can affect your baby’s heart rate.

Caffeine also increases the risk of miscarriage and low birth weight. In addition, excess caffeine can cause dehydration.

Avoid caffeine during the first trimester to reduce the likelihood of a miscarriage. Drinking coffee in moderation is permissible after the first trimester.

Also, avoid other sources of caffeine like herbal teas, green tea, energy drinks, soft drinks, dark chocolate and others.

Pregnant women should not consume more than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day. On average, an 8-ounce cup of coffee contains approximately 95 mg of caffeine.

4. High-Mercury Fish

avoid high mercury fish

Fish may be a healthy source of omega-3 fatty acids, but avoid those that have high levels of mercury during pregnancy. High mercury can interfere with the normal development of a child’s brain and nervous system.

Some types of fish that are high in mercury are king mackerel, swordfish, walleye, Chilean bass, marlin, Spanish mackerel and shark.

If you like fish, you can have up to 2 servings per week of wild salmon, tilapia, catfish or shrimp. You can also try white fish and cooked shellfish. Tuna is also acceptable, limited to 4 medium-size cans per week or 2 tuna steaks.

Do not eat raw or undercooked fish or shellfish as well as cold smoked or pickled fish.

Foods that are Dangerous during Pregnancy was last modified: August 2nd, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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3 thoughts on “Foods that are Dangerous during Pregnancy”

  1. Please add Soy products to your list of foods pregnant mothers should not eat.
    Soy can cause hormonal imbalance and damage the pancreas and cause an increase in diabetes. During pregnancy , an infant girl and an infant boy have different types of brains; obviously a little boy has different DNA than a little girl. In the first few months of life, little boys undergo a testosterone surge. This is the hormone surge that allows proper secondary s.e.x characteristics in men. When pregnant mothers eat soy products, this little boy’s body is filled up with the equivalent estrogen of 5 birth control pills, the testosterone surge may not take place properly. This can cause his brain development to become feminized and he can develop the brain of a little baby girl. Secondly, his reproductive organs, including his testicles, may not develop properly and in many cases are undersized. He therefore may not produce sufficient testosterone to obtain proper secondary male s.e.x characteristics, size, strength, deep voice, facial hair. Plus this hormonal imbalance can lead to gender confusion. This has been widely known in scientific circles for many years. (Dr. Ted Broer, Ph.D)

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