We’ve talked about foods you should eat during your pregnancy, but we haven’t approached the subject of what NOT to eat. Consuming these food could adversely affect you and/or your baby, so it’s advisable to avoid them at all cause.

1. Alcohol 

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Okay, so this isn’t a food. But it’s still prohibited during your pregnancy. Alcohol in the mother’s blood can be passed through the baby through the umbilical cord. If consumed in large volumes, this can cause physical problems and learning as well as behavioural problems in your babies.

2. Fish

Nope, not all fishes are dangerous – only the ones with high levels of mercury in it. This includes seafood such as swordfish, shark, king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, tile fish, and tuna. The high methyl mercury content in those can be harmful to an unborn baby’s developing brain, kidneys, and nervous system.

3. Unpasteurized food

By consuming unpasteurized food, you are at risk of getting sick from 2 types of food poisoning: listeriosis and toxoplasmosis. The former can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm labor, and illness or death in newborns. Foods such as cheese, hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, and salads are best avoided.

4. Raw meat

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To avoid toxoplasmosis, which can cause problems like blindness and disability in babies, mothers are advised to consume any sort of raw meat. This includes poultry, fish, and shellfish. Raw or undercooked eggs and sprouts are also best avoided.

5. Caffeine

You don’t have to avoid consuming caffeine, but it’s better to limit the amount. It is advisable to take less than 200 mg of caffeine per day (which is found in one 12-ounce cup of coffee), as your baby’s metabolism is still maturing and cannot fully metabolize the caffeine. This can cause changes in your baby’s sleep and movement pattern.

Sources: Live Science, American Pregnancy.

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