diet & weight loss

Which foods should I avoid during pregnancy to protect my unborn child?

The importance of your diet moves onto a whole new level when you are pregnant.

What you eat can have a direct bearing on the health of the forthcoming new addition to the family. There are many foods you should try to eat during pregnancy to help your baby grow and develop in your womb.

However, there are equally as many foods you should definitely avoid. The key foods to stay away from are:

Mackerel can contain high levels of mercury which can be harmful to your unborn baby. Shark and swordfish should be avoided for the same reason.

Liver and liver products contain very high levels of vitamin A which research has shown can cause birth defects. Similarly, any supplements with high levels of vitamin A should not be taken during pregnancy.

Soft, mould-ripened and blue veined cheese
Cheeses such as Brie, Stilton and Camembert should be avoided because they can contain the potentially poisonous listeria bug.

Anything unpasteurized
Unpasteurized eggs, milk, cheese and vegetables can lead to toxoplasmosis - an infection caused by a microscopic parasite that can live inside the cells of humans and animals, especially cats and farm animals.

Underdone or lightly cooked eggs, meat or poultry
Raw or uncooked eggs, meat and poultry can contain a variety of bugs that could seriously harm your unborn baby.

Alcohol and coffee
You can still enjoy your favourite drinks during pregnancy but only in moderation. You should drink no more than three cups of coffee a day and ideally only one of two glasses of wine a week. However, to be safe you really shouldn't drink any alcohol at all until after your little bundle of fun makes his or her first appearance.

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