Pregnant? I am here to make your storeroom into a one-stop shop of healthy and delicious foods that will give your baby the best start to life.
Pregnancy marks the start of womanhood. It is paramount for a pregnant woman to have a nutritious and balanced diet.
However, certain foods shouldn’t be consumed because these foods can trigger miscarriage, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy.
What you eat during pregnancy is important for your health, as well as the health of your baby. Here are 13 foods you should avoid or reduce its intake during pregnancy.
It can be toxic to the baby. Eating too much organ meat can cause abnormally high copper levels which can result in birth defect and liver toxicity.
It can also cause Vitamin A toxicity and preformed vitamin A, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy, can lead to congenital malformations and miscarriages.
2.RAW/ HALF COOKED EGGS:
Eggs are very rich and in fact, during pregnancy you are expected to eat eggs every single day because it is rich in so many things, folic etc.
Yet when it is raw, it could actually have this particular bacteria called Salmonella.
Salmonella is a particular bacteria that an destroy embryo/ foetus growing inside of your uterus.
Drumstick tree is popularly known as Moringa.
Drumstick, if actually consumed on a large scale, can lead to the contraction of the uterus during pregnancy that can lead to miscarriage.
It causes alpha-sitosterol, which is dangerous to the pregnancy.
Aloe vera and aloe vera products should be avoided during pregnancy cause it is very toxic.
Pregnant women should not eat or drink anything that includes aloe vera, because it can lead to pelvic hemorrhage which can further cause a miscarriage.
This could be sweet or Irish potatoes. Potatoes are good during pregnancy, but sprouted potatoes are bad.
Sprouted potatoes a particular chemical called, Solanin and solanin is very dangerous to the foetus.
Crabs contains s lot of proteins, iron, calcium and it is a source of many nutrients for everybody.
But in pregnancy, it is better for you to abstain from eating crabs.
This because it contains high level of cholesterol and this can cause a shrinkage to the uterus.
Caffeine has a mild diuretic effect and should be avoided during pregnancy.
Caffeine is not only present in coffee, but also in tea, chocolates and some energy drinks.
Smoked seafoods contains Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. This bacteria causes listeriosis (associated with symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting) that could lead to miscarriage or stillbirth.
Processed seafood contains high levels of salt which can lead to increased blood pressure and swelling of the body parts.
This leave can stimulate the uterus, and result in contractions, premature labour and miscarriage.
They may also cause blood thinning and bleeding during pregnancy.
It is very good but when it is eaten in large quantity, it can cause heart burn and bleeding.
This spice can cause bleeding and blood thinning during pregnancy.
Tumeric contains curcumin and taking large amount of curcumin during pregnancy may alter levels of the hormone estrogen in the body, which can cause uterine contractions or bleeding.
This effect is enough to cause pregnancy loss.
It contains a particular enzyme called, Bromelain, which softens the cervix and starts untimely labour contractions, resulting in a miscarriage.
Pineapple juice is commonly used at the time of delivery to make the process fast and easy.
If you consume this during the first three months of your pregnancy, this may cause miscarriage.
Also known as Papaya. It contains components that acts as laxatives and it induces premature labour.
Papaya is so rich in enzyme that causes contractions of the uterus, which eventually results in miscarriage.
The 9 months journey isn’t a rollercoaster ride. It is advisable to stay off these foods for that 9 months.
Although, some studies tell pregnant women to take these foods but only in small proportion. The funny thing is, nobody can specifically tell which is small and which is too much as there is no proper measurement for the small proportion.
All you have to do is to discipline yourself for that 9 months and abstain completely. It isn’t easy but you are doing it for the health of your baby and yours.