food and nutrition

What not to eat when pregnant

The last thing a pregnant woman wants to do is to risk her health and the health of her little one. The food she eats is of utmost importance and should not be treated the same as her diet before pregnancy.

In a list released by American Pregnancy Association, the foods pregnant women should avoid eating are imported soft cheeses, refrigerated pate or meat spreads, deli meat, raw meat, raw shellfish, fish with mercury, fish exposed to industrial pollutants and smoke seafood. Most of these may cause seafood-borne illnesses as they may contain polychlorinated biphenyls, coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis, salmonella or listeria, which can cause miscarriage.

What pregnant women can eat are meat spreads and smoked seafood that are canned pate or shelf-safe. It is also safe for them to eat all soft non-imported cheeses made with pasteurized milk.

As for those who are considering fasting during pregnancy, extreme caution is need. In the first place, the risks of weight loss while pregnant far outweigh the possible benefits and according to a board certified cardiologist and nutrition and weight-loss specialist, research is very inconclusive on fasting during pregnancy.

Dr. Luiza Petre told Pop Sugar that there is no health stamp that can be assigned to any diet during pregnancy. Most diets are unethical to perform on pregnant women for study purposes, she explained.

Except for a gestational diabetes diet, the problem with dieting is that “the proper amount of calories, protein, carbohydrates, and even fats may not be taken in,” Dr. Christopher Grady told the publication. The OB-GYN advises pregnant women to follow a healthy, balanced diet.

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