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Tips on Eating Habits & Foods to Avoid When Pregnant

December 5, 2022

Here are tips on eating habits and foods to avoid by pregnant women:

  • High-mercury fish including shark, swordfish, tuna and marlin.
  • Raw fish and shellfish may be adulterated with bacteria and parasites and may cause harm.
  • Raw or undercooked meat may contain bacteria. Always cook the meat properly.
  • Raw eggs may be adulterated with Salmonella and may pose risk. Make sure to cook eggs properly before eating.
  • Organ meat is a rich source of iron, vitamin B12, vitamin A and copper. Regulate your organ meat consumption to a few ounces once a week.
  • Regulate caffeine intake to under 200 mg each day. Unregulated caffeine consumption during pregnancy may affect the baby's growth and result in low birth weight.
  • Raw sprouts may be adulterated with bacteria. Only eat after cooking properly.
  • Fruits and vegetables may be adulterated with harmful bacteria, including Toxoplasma. Always wash them with clean water thoroughly.
  • Don’t consume unpasteurized milk, cheese or fruit crush, as they pose the risk of bacterial infections.
  • Avoid all sorts of alcohol. Drinking alcohol may pose a risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and fetal alcohol syndrome.
  • Eating processed foods during pregnancy can increase the risk of obesity, gestational diabetes and complications. This might result in long-term health implications for you and the baby.

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