10 Foods That Can Endanger Your Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a very exciting time in woman’s life. However, it can also be a confusing time, especially for first time moms-to-be’s. The hormonal changes in your body cause some mighty strange food cravings (the infamous pickles with ice cream or potato chips for breakfast) and there are literally thousands of articles online offering you advice about your pregnancy.

Before you start eating for two, speak to your doctor about a healthy diet. Your doctor has most likely already given you vitamin supplements and talked to you about all the healthy things you should be eating, but did they talk to you about the things you should not be eating?

However, some doctors leave out this vital piece of information, and for such cases we have compiled this list of 10 foods to avoid when you are pregnant.


1. Liver

Liver and products made from liver such as pate, all contain high levels of vitamin A. Although for most people this is a good thing, it is not something you want to consume while you are pregnant, especially during your first trimester. Consuming too much vitamin A rich foods has been linked to birth defects, so be sure to monitor and limit your vitamin A intake.  Avoid any supplement that your doctor has not given you such as fish oil supplements or multivitamins that contain vitamin A.  Your doctor can advise you exactly how much vitamin A is right for you and your baby.


2. Raw or Partially Cooked Eggs

If you have been tossing raw eggs into your morning smoothie to give you a boost of protein, skip the eggs while you are pregnant. Raw or partially cooked eggs can contain salmonella, which can give you severe vomiting and diarrhea. This will affect your unborn baby. Eggs are a good source of protein and nothing is preventing you from eating eggs as long as they have been cooked. You should also wash your hands after handling eggs as salmonella also is found on the shells of eggs. Additionally, you should avoid foods that are made from raw or partially cooked eggs such as Caesar salad dressings and homemade mayo.


3.  Tea and Soda

Although the amount of caffeine a pregnant woman can handle has been widely discussed, there does not appear to be consensus. Caffeine can cross the placenta, which means that it can affect your baby’s heart rate. Many doctors recommend no more than 200 mgs of caffeine but still others say that caffeinated drinks, such as black tea, most herbal teas, and sodas, should be eliminated entirely. Speak to your doctor about what is right for you.

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