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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Foods to Stay Away From During Pregnancy

Congratulations, your little bundle of joy is growing safe and sound within your womb. Now all they need is for you to cut out all the junk food and replace those items with some fresh leafy greens that will provide them the nutrients they need in order to develop into adorably healthy little babies.

There are so many great things you can eat while pregnant just like there are many things that you should try to limit or avoid while you are pregnant. It can be quite overwhelming when a mother has to readjust things when it comes to her eating habits.

Adjusting Your Eating Habits During Pregnancy

But the best part about readjusting your eating habits is all the benefits it has for you and your child in the long run. 

For example, if you're a snacker and like to eat things like potato chips and candy, you should replace those foods with things like almonds or popcorn.

Popcorn is a very good low-calorie snack for mothers
Popcorn is actually a very good low-calorie snack for mothers as long as it's not smothered in butter.

Nuts like almonds or cashews are made of good fats that provide nourishment for the body and help boost brain development.

What foods should I limit during pregnancy?

Another food to limit during pregnancy is the consumption of fish. Fish contains mercury which is not good for expecting mothers in large amounts, thus doctors recommend that you limit the consumption of fish to once or twice a week.

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy
Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

You should avoid fish like:

🆇 shark
🆇 mackerel
🆇 swordfish
🆇 and others that are high in mercury. 

Instead, eat fish such as

🗹 tuna
🗹 tilapia
🗹 and catfish. 

These fish are on the lower end as far as mercury measurements go, but again should only be consumed once or twice a week.

What should a balanced diet consist of?

A balanced diet should include lots of fresh vegetables such as

🗹 broccoli
🗹 kale
🗹 spinach
🗹 carrot
🗹 and beets. 

However, we urge you before consuming fresh vegetables to ensure that you wash them thoroughly.
This is because there may be some pesticides or other harmful bacteria that are still present on the sprouts and skin of the vegetables that could lead to listeria. Listeria can make you deathly ill and cause complications during your pregnancy.
Therefore, in addition to washing the vegetables properly, you should also cook them well and then consume them. 

Limit Your Caffeine Intake While Pregnant

You should try to limit your consumption of caffeine, whether that be in teas, coffee, or energy drinks.
If you've spoken with your primary care physician, they will have warned you that overindulging in caffeinated drinks can cause cleaning of the abdomen. It can cause fetal stress and also cause preterm labor contractions.

Foods to be limited during Pregnancy
Foods to be limited during Pregnancy

Energy drinks

Energy drinks have been proven to be high in sugars and cause issues over time with your heart, depending on how many times you consume these drinks. You should opt for caffeine-free teas or just consume water which is vital to the building of amniotic fluid.

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A vital part of your diet while pregnant


Water is also vital when it comes to keeping you hydrated and making constipation less likely during pregnancy. Consumption of water also helps to balance and give you energy, which is helpful because being pregnant can leave you exhausted and with no energy or motivation to do anything that you would normally be up to doing.

Lean meats and eggs

Lean meats and eggs can be a vital part of your diet while pregnant, however, please make sure that you cook each piece of meat or uncooked egg until they are completely done through and through. Undercooked meat and eggs can leave you to contract things like listeria and salmonella.

How to deal with raw meat
Do Not Undercooked meat and eggs 
Both can stunt the development of your child and cause you to become severely sick. Becoming sick during pregnancy can leave you dehydrated and in need of immediate medical attention to guarantee the safety of you and your unborn child.
Hopefully, we have given you some tools in addition to the graph that is provided that will help you to make better choices when it comes to your diet while pregnant. The choices you make while your child is in the womb will not only affect their initial development, it will also begin to set their eating habits for the future.
You are the first vessel that they will live in and require nutrients from. So it is important that you take care of yourself when you take care of yourself, you are also taking care of your baby. Learn some tips on how to Choose a Health Care Provider for Pregnancy Care.

Author: Tiffany Simmons is a Georgia mom, wife, and aspiring children’s book writer. Acquiring a BS in Mass Communications & Marketing from the University of West Ga. Leaving a job in the healthcare profession to become a freelance writer for Childmode!

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