There’s no denying that every woman’s pregnancy is different, and your needs change based on who you are. However, keeping with a healthy diet is one of the few aspects of pregnancy that does not change. It’s essential to know what foods you should be eating during pregnancy—as well as which ones you shouldn’t. Women’s Physicians of Jacksonville a division of North Florida OBGYN, are here to help educate on what not to eat when pregnant.
Avoiding Alcohol and Cutting Caffeine
When it comes to alcohol, it’s best to avoid it altogether while pregnant. Consuming alcohol brings with it a higher risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and possibly fetal alcohol syndrome. If you indulged in a glass of wine or two before finding out you were pregnant, no serious harm will come to you or your child.
Consider cutting back on caffeinated beverages. Drinks containing caffeine are safe for pregnant women if they only contain small doses. By consuming less than 200 milligrams a day, you and your baby will be completely fine. Two hundred milligrams usually equate to two 8-ounce cups of coffee, four cups of black tea, or four cups of soda.
Taking a Bite Out of Meats
It is essential to know what not to eat when pregnant in order to create a healthy diet plan. Meats, poultry, and deli meat are all important aspects of a protein-rich meal plan. While most of these meats are okay to eat, your body is much more sensitive to bacteria and infection. The foods that you should avoid include hot dogs, cold cuts, deli meats, and pâtés to avoid these bacteria. Deli meats, if consumed, should always be heated until steaming. The meat you consume should be cooked fully to make sure that you are not putting anything into your body that can cause infection.
Do’s and Don’ts of Dairy
Diary intake during pregnancy is straightforward. You are allowed to eat low-fat dairy products like skim milk, mozzarella cheese, and cottage cheese, but it’s important to avoid any unpasteurized cheese or milk like brie, feta, queso, and blue cheese.
When it comes to eggs, you should approach them the same way that you approach meats. Always ensure that your eggs are cooked thoroughly, and stay away from foods with raw or not fully cooked eggs like Hollandaise sauce, Caesar dressing, and eggnog.
Fishing for the Right Food
Choosing how much seafood to eat is like walking a fine line between too much and just the right amount. The most important things to avoid are fish and shellfish that are raw, or that are high in mercury. Uncooked fish and shellfish have a much higher risk of containing bacteria, and seafood with a high mercury level can possibly cause damage to your baby’s nervous system. While pregnant, you should avoid shark, swordfish, tilefish, raw fish, king mackerel, raw oysters, clams, scallops, and refrigerated and uncooked seafood.
Preparing Vegetables and Fruits the Right Way
It may be surprising to hear, but some fruits and vegetables should be prepared more carefully than others. Some fruits and vegetables are grown in very humid and warm conditions, which increases the chance they contain bacteria. That is why it is important to wash any raw fruit or vegetables you eat. It is also essential to avoid sprouts such as alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung beans.
Guidance When You Need It Most
Women’s Physicians of Jacksonville a division of North Florida OBGYN has always educated and supported women. When you are pregnant, it is important to follow a healthy diet that can help your baby grow up in a healthy environment. Avoiding certain foods and cutting back on others is a vital aspect of those diets. If you have any questions, please contact our team of professionals. We are here to help.