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5 Forbidden Foods for Pregnant Women

30 June 2010 3 Comments

Forbidden food during pregnancy

Are you pregnant now? Get ready to cut off some food or drinks in the daily menu. For those of you who liked the taste of adventure, a pregnancy may feel like a ‘lump’. Because, in order to maintain the baby’s health, many of you will be given advice about what should be consumed and what should be banned completely. The following are types of food that need to be subjected to ‘yellow light’ or even ‘red light’. Haw about the rest? You are free to combine a variety of nutritious foods as long as it remains balanced.

1. Raw or undercooked foods

Cause: Raw or undercooked food may be contaminated with germs that cause infection. For example, Listeria bacteria (causing a miscarriage or a fetus died in uterus), Salmonella (triggering a miscarriage), the parasite Toxoplasmosis (conditioned abnormal fetuses), and the bacterium E. coli (intestinal and kidney damage).

It’s Allow to be consumed, only if the beef (including processed meat such as sausages or burgers), poultry, fish and cooked until completely cooked. You still can eat sushi, but choose the vegetarian sushi or cooked meat. To ensure the meat thoroughly, use a special thermometer for meat.

Avoid: Any food materials that are not processed until cooked, such as raw eggs, undercooked meat, raw oysters, sashimi, sushi raw, and others. Also, avoid processed foods with raw eggs such as mayonnaise, dressings for salads and fresh.

2. Seafood

Cause: Protein, iron, and omega-3 in seafood can indeed help improve the baby’s brain growth. In fact, according to research conducted in England, the lack of seafood consumption during pregnancy can lead to weak verbal ability, behavioral disturbances, and abnormal developmental problems. However, you still must be very careful, because some types of seafood contain high grades of mercury, which can inhibit the growth nervous system into baby.

You can still eat the salmon (if possible, choose fresh salmon and not farmed), shrimp, anchovies, and snapper maximum 340 g per week. Limit your tuna consumption to no more than 170 g per week

Avoid: shark, raw sushi, smoked seafood, as well as any species of fish from sea water or river that has been polluted. Note: The larger size and the age of fishes, the higher the pollution levels in the body too.

3. Caffeine and herbal teas

pregnant women smokingCauses: Caffeine may penetrate the placenta, so that will affect heart rate and fetal respiratory system. In fact, several studies, excessive coffee drinking is closely related to low birth weight babies and increase the risk of miscarriage and the fetus died at birth.

Should be consumed? During pregnancy, you should consume caffeine to no more than 300 mg per day (approximately 2-3 cups of coffee). Although this amount still safe for the baby, this does not mean that your caffeine consumption will not pose any risk. For comparison: 240 ml of coffee contains 150 mg of caffeine, soft drinks 350 ml containing 35-50 mg of caffeine, as well as 240 ml of black tea contains 40 mg caffeine. Other beverages include safe for you is decaffeinated tea bags are given extra sensitive, such as citrus, ginger and peppermint.

Avoid: herbal tea mixed with raspberry or rosemary leaves, because it can trigger contractions. Unfortunately, not all tea packing lists in detail the materials used as an herbal mixture. And although the packaging is written on the label is for pregnant women, you should consult to your doctor first.

4. Cheese and other dairy products

Cause: The dairy product from raw milk or has not been pasteurized (heated to a temperature of 60 ° C for 30 minutes to kill bacteria) can contain a number of bacteria, namely Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli, etc., that cause food borne illness.

Should be consumed? Sure. Among these are milk and yogurt that has gone through the process of pasteurization, and hard cheeses.

Avoid: Raw milk and soft cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, Feta, Blue Cheese, and Roquefort (unless otherwise stated on the label that has been made from pasteurized milk).

5. Artificial sweetener

Cause: Although the side effects of sweeteners to the growth and development of the fetus is still not clearly known, some experts prohibits pregnant women consume artificial sweeteners.

Should be consumed? Within reasonable limits, saccharin, aspartame, and Splenda are still allowed to be consumed.

Avoid: high sugar drinks. It’s better for you drink lots of water or fresh fruit juice.

Also read: The fetus and alcohol

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  • sarah said:

    apakah nanas muda dan sprite juga bisa mengakibatkan keguguran?

  • jamm said:

    are there any save and most unharm ways to avoid abortion?
    for those who are not ready yet to have a kid

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