Your entire world changes when you find out you are pregnant. Your perspective, your habits, and your lifestyle will all change when you know a baby is on its way. Regarding all your habits, the one that you should monitor closely is your diet.

Now that you are eating for two, you cannot afford to be too relaxed about your diet. Expecting mothers should monitor their diet and eating habits so they do not consume something that could affect their health or the health of their baby. You have to make sure you eat healthy meals consisting of the most nutritious products. There are also some foods you should avoid when you are pregnant. The list of these foods is rather long and has faced a lot of debate over the years, so it sometimes becomes difficult to decide what is safe and what is not.

List of foods you should not eat when you are pregnant

  • Raw eggs: These can be contaminated with salmonella, a kind of bacteria that can cause you to develop a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. Stay away from eggnog, raw cookie dough, and other dishes where the egg is not cooked completely. You will not face the risk if the eggs are completely cooked.

  • Unpasteurized juices and milk: Beverages that have not undergone pasteurization stand to be contaminated with bacteria and toxins that could cause you to fall sick.

  • Sushi: Uncooked sushi is very unsafe as they can house parasites. Cooked sushi is not much of a threat.

  • Some species of fish: You might be a big fan of seafood, but some varieties of fish are very unsafe because they could have methyl mercury in their systems. This compound is very dangerous as it could affect your developing baby’s nervous system. Focus instead on fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for the development of the baby’s brain.

  • Caffeine: This food item has faced debate as some studies say that caffeine in small quantities would not cause any harm, whereas other studies say that caffeine intake can increase health risks in the unborn child.

  • Alcohol: This product is a big no when you are pregnant. Not even a small glass of wine is safe for your child.

  • Food rich in nitrates: Cured meats, sausages, and bacon are a bad idea when pregnant because they contain nitrates which can affect the child’s development.

  • Cheese: Some kinds of cheese such as feta and Brie are considered harmful because they could contain listeria bacteria, which when passed to the fetus, can cause a miscarriage or premature delivery.

Make sure your diet is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables as well as dairy products. Also ensure that your meats are well cooked. Take in regular mineral and vitamin supplements to make sure you are getting the required amount of nourishment for your baby.

About the author and company

Helen is a fertility advocator on a mission to reach women trying to conceive or searching for a natural family planning solution, and give them a tool to understand their unique ovulation cycle. She is also the CEO of HiLin Life Products, makers of the KNOWHEN(R) Ovulation Test and Fertility Monitor.

Incorporated in 2009, HiLin Life Products was established to help women with problems regarding their fertility, infertility, unplanned pregnancies, and other health issues. With a market of over two billion women all over the world, HiLin Life has been creating next-generation products incorporating a holistic natural approach with scientific accuracy that empowers women’s health.