Food consumption during pregnancy can often be a tricky topic. After all, an expectant mother must keep her calories up so that she has enough energy. She must count her protein so that she is sure her baby has enough. She must also avoid certain foods if she wishes to keep her baby nice and healthy. With all the hype surrounding a woman’s diet during pregnancy, it can be a bit tricky to keep everything straight.
Perhaps it would make things a little easier if the medical community were to plainly present what not to eat during pregnancy. This article will attempt a brief overview of a few of the basic foods to avoid during pregnancy that will help you have an easier pregnancy and a healthier baby.
Perhaps one of the most common categories of foods to avoid during pregnancy are raw foods. This would include raw meat, deli meat, unpasteurized cheese, raw eggs, pate, raw shellfish, smoked shrimp, and the like. All of these foods have the potential to harbor very dangerous bacteria that would not only make you very sick but would also harm your baby’s development. Stay away from them during the nine months of your pregnancy.
Other foods to watch during pregnancy include foods that your child might develop an allergy to. Peanut butter is a very common food that mothers crave and eat often during pregnancy only to find out later that their child developed a peanut allergy en utero. This can also happen with milk or gluten. Now if you completely cut these foods out of your diet, you are largely restricting the foods you can eat. Therefore, you should simply be careful of how often you eat these foods.
Yet another category of foods to avoid during pregnancy are foods that have the potential to give your newborn baby the colic. Many foods that a child might be allergic to can cause severe colic and distress in a young child’s system. For example, you might want to watch your broccoli, onion, chocolate, caffeine, dairy, and coffee. The chemical makeup of these foods can be passed on to your baby via the placenta or later through breast milk and can cause colic in an otherwise perfectly healthy baby. Sometimes it takes a trial-and-error approach to find out which foods you should avoid, but once you have found the culprit, it is well worth the effort!
It all boils down to this: stay away from foods that could expose you and your baby to harmful bacteria. Avoid foods that are known to give food allergies to unborn babies. And lastly, consider carefully watching your intake of foods that are known to give a child colic. It is better to prevent the condition from happening than to try to fix it after it happens.