During pregnancy, mothers eat almost anything. Suddenly, you fancy food on your mind and crave for many foods including unhealthy ones. To make sure that you and your little one are safe, the packet of chips or the cup of coffee or anything else that you crave for the need to be put on the diet right now!
Here are the most hazardous ones.
- Raw batter
Raw cookie or cake batter has raw eggs which induce salmonella if consumed. The immune system weakens during pregnancy, thereby increasing the risk of salmonella (an infection caused by bacteria). The Infection may not directly affect your child, but the symptoms that are subjected to appear are vomiting, nausea, high temperature and abdominal pain pose a severe threat to the baby in the womb. Preterm birth, low birth weight and developmental delays are results of dehydration caused by excessive vomiting and high temperature.V
- Unwashed Vegetables:
Vegetables contain microscopic parasites that can result in toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasma is found in raw and undercooked meats, cat litter, and the surface of fruits and vegetables. The infection caused by Toxoplasma can be transmitted to baby from a mother during the pregnancy, causing the ailments in nervous system and eyes. This foodborne illness may be prevented by thoroughly washing the raw vegetables before eating.
You need to keep a tab on your coffee intake not exceeding 200 milligrams (mg) per day. Baby’s body cannot process caffeine as quickly and efficiently as adults can which results in the caffeine staying in the bloodstream for long periods of time. This might even cause a decrease in the blood flow to the uterus. Malformations are very common among babies whose moms were addicted to caffeine during pregnancy. Be sure to drink plenty of water during your pregnancy. Milk and 100 percent fruit juices are also good choices.
- Raw sprouts
A lot of bacteria, pathogens and parasites exists in Raw sprouts can harm the less free body of a pregnant woman.The seeds are preserved in dry conditions whereas the bacteria remain inactive, they get activated once the sprouts get exposure of warm environment. E-coli and salmonella bacteria cause diarrhoea, nausea, abdominal cramping and fever and other severe ailments in pregnant women. When these bacteria are passed on by the expecting mother to the fetus, after birth the baby may develop diarrhoea, fever and meningitis.This healthy food can cause dehydration, diarrhoea, fever and meningitis for the baby after its birth. You need to cook them thoroughly before eating them since rinsing these sprouts will not get rid of the harmful bacteria entirely.
- Organ meat
Many people are fond of eating liver meat, and it can be a part of their pregnancy diet because it is extremely rich in fat-soluble vitamins A and D, as well as essential fatty acids, and the whole gamut of macro and trace minerals.It also contains copper, zinc, iron, and antioxidants. The main problem is the bacteria thriving in unsanitary conditions. The pregnant mother must make sure she knows the farm where her food comes from.
- Packaged chips
Junk food tastes like heaven, but consequences are just the opposite. Pregnant women who consume large amounts of junk food during pregnancy have higher chances of giving birth to children that develop depression, anxiety and even birth defects. It is best to substitute potato chips for other healthy snacks such as raisins, nuts, and dry fruits. Always examine the ingredients, nutrients, and other additives on every packaged product you want to eat.
- Unpasteurized milk
Dairy products are pasteurised to get rid of E.coli, listeria, and salmonella. However, things like dressings, dips and spreads may contain products that are unpasteurized. These can cause several different infections that do nothing but harm you and your little one. The benefits of pasteurising food far outweigh any benefits to consuming unpasteurized. In fact, the benefits of raw milk have yet to be convincingly scientifically proven. In other words, pregnant women have everything to lose and nothing to gain by drinking raw milk.