Safe Pregnancy Eating

Nutrition is especially important for the pregnant woman. The things you put into your body while you are pregnant greatly affect not only you but your baby as well. Pregnancy is a unique situation in which your baby relies solely on your food choices for her own safety and wellbeing. Accordingly, you need to take care in what kinds of foods you consume while you’re pregnant.

You see, some foods aren’t safe to eat during pregnancy. They might contain certain chemicals or compounds that can affect your baby’s development or growth. Some foods carry a high risk of foodborne illness, which can be devastating to your baby.

Here are some of the foods to cross off your list when you’re pregnant in order to protect your baby’s safety:

  • Fish that are high in mercury. These usually include a certain type of fish. Among them are shark, tile fish, king mackerel and swordfish. In general, you should limit your servings of fish to two or fewer each week. Good fish choices include shrimp, salmon, pollock, catfish, and canned light tuna.  Check with your state and local health officials before eating game fish while pregnant.
  • Raw meats or seafoods. Raw or undercooked meats and seafood contain a much higher risk of salmonella or listeria.
  • Refrigerated smoked seafood. This also has a higher risk of listeria. On average, canned smoked seafood doesn’t have the same risks.
  • Deli meats and hot dogs. Packaged meats like these are especially prone to carry foodborne illnesses. If you must eat them, make sure that you cook them thoroughly after removing from the package.
  • Raw eggs. While few people are going to gulp down a couple of raw eggs, there are plenty of foods made from them. Mayonnaise, salad dressings and all sorts of sauces are all made from raw eggs.
  • Soft cheeses. Certain cheeses should be avoided, such as Brie, Camembert, Feta, blue-veined cheeses, Panela, queso fresco and queso blanco.
  • Unpasteurized milk or juice. These should be avoided in general, as should foods made from them.
  • Liver. There is some evidence to suggest that high levels of Vitamin A, which is found in great quantities in liver, can be dangerous to your baby when you are pregnant.

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