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Top 7 Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

Have you conceived? It is good for you and your family expansion plan. After being confirmed on your conception, you should see a respective doctor (gyn-obs) instead of believing in old sayings. The doctor will conduct a physical examination and a few imaging tests to know the status of the foetus/growing baby in your womb. 

After that, the doctor will instruct what to eat, what not to eat, what exercises to do, how to take rest, and other things to facilitate you to carry your pregnancy successfully. Here have a look at the foods or food items you need to avoid during your pregnancy:

1. Undercooked or raw meat 

During pregnancy, you must avoid raw or undercooked meat, particularly pork, poultry, burgers, and sausages. Whatever meat you eat, it should be cooked well. It must not have any blood coming out or must not be pink. Eating raw or undercooked meat can increase your risk of toxoplasmosis that can be harmful to you and your growing baby. 

2. Foods enriched with vitamin A and liver 

You should avoid eating liver or liver products. The liver products have a lot of vitamin A. Abundant vitamin A can be harmful to the child in your womb. For the sake of your unborn baby, you should avoid taking multivitamins that contain vitamin A and fish liver oil. Instead, you can consume naturally found vitamin A in foods like carrots. However, you need to avoid having foods with added vitamin A. 

3. Unpasteurised dairy products 

Milk sold in departmental stores, restaurants, and supermarkets are pasteurised. And hence, such milk is fine to drink as it is heat-treated and has no listeriosis, toxoplasmosis, and campylobacter. On the other hand, you should avoid unpasteurised dairy products like milk. Unpasteurised dairy products are raw and they can contain harmful bacteria. 

4. Unwashed and packaged salad 

You can eat pre-washed and pre-prepared salad if you fridge it and take it before the use by date. Before shopping and eating packed salads and foods, you should thoroughly check the ingredients mentioned on the packs and ensure they have no ingredients to harm you or your baby. As far as possible, avoid eating salads and meals that have been at room temperature for a longer time as they might have bacteria buildup.    

5. Undercooked ready meals 

Do you have a lack of time or prefer to eat packaged food items? You need to be careful. Before buying or eating such meals, you should read instructions on the pack carefully and determine whether they are good for your health or not. If the packaged foods, as per their pack instructions, are not prepared well, you should avoid eating them. 

6. Undercooked or raw eggs 

British Lion Eggs are the ones that you can eat raw as they have no or less salmonella that can cause food poisoning. Otherwise, you should avoid eating raw eggs or egg items that are not cooked well. Before eating egg rich meals, you should cook them well in your kitchen. 

7. Certain fish

Eating fish is good for your health as it is a good source of several vitamins and minerals. You can eat 2 portions of fish in a week. The fish you can easily eat during your pregnancy are trout, salmon, herring, and mackerel. However, you need to avoid or limit eating fish like tuna, crab, halibut, sea bass, rock salmon (dog fish), and sea bream as they contain mercury at a higher amount. 

Apart from the above-mentioned foods or food items, you should maintain a safe distance from alcoholic beverages, caffeinated drinks, and cigarette smoking. At Archish IVF, we provide a detailed pregnancy diet plan to facilitate pregnant women to carry their pregnancy successfully.      

 

Dr. Navin Desai

He has 10+ years’ experience in the IVF industry having a unique skill set which involves both Core Embryology and Management. He is adept with core embryology skills like Gamete handling, Embryo biopsy and MACS.

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