One of the most frequently asked questions by pregnant women regarding their diet is: What foods can I eat safely and which ones should I avoid? The foods that a woman eats during pregnancy have a direct effect on the development and growth of the fetus, and some can cause malformations in the baby, so it is important that you know the foods that you should avoid throughout the nine months of pregnancy .
Undercooked meats: toxoplasmosis is a parasite that can be transmitted by cats and is sometimes present in the meat of some animals. If, for any reason, you get this parasite, you will not have any symptoms, but it willfetal malformations and it can even cause abortion. To avoid getting this bacteria, throughout your pregnancy you have to eat well done meats and avoid undercooked or raw animal products. You should not consume: cold cuts, sushi, raw meats, patés or smoked salmon.
Raw eggs: salmonella is a bacteria present in the egg. To avoid contracting it, always eat cooked eggs. Therefore, mayonnaise, raw eggs, eggnog or desserts made with undercooked eggs are other foods to avoid throughout the gestation.
Unpasteurized dairy: Listeria is a bacteria found in raw milk that causes serious malformations in the fetus. This bacterium dies when dairy products have been subjected to a heating process. Therefore avoid drinking raw milk, unpasteurized cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, fresh cheeses or those with a cure time of less than 3 months and, in general, any product that you doubt about its treatment.
Raw fish: do not eat smoked, raw or marinated fish or shellfish, they can also contain listeria. On the other hand, swordfish, shark or tuna have a high mercury content that can be harmful to the fetus, therefore avoid these foods in your pregnant diet.
Alcohol: the fetus has a tolerance of 0 to alcohol and everything you consume will reach it, through the placenta. Alcohol can cause malformations or mental retardation in babies, it can even cause abortion.
There are other foods that in large quantities are harmful to the baby but consumed in moderation will not cause harm. You must reduce the consumption of some foods such as caffeine. You can take caffeine throughout pregnancy as long as its amount does not exceed 300 mg, a soda or a couple of small coffees will not hurt but keep in mind that caffeine is also present in chocolate or medicines.
Some types of tea They can also be harmful such as arnica, eucalyptus, myrrh, pennyroyal, red cinchona or yours, since they can stimulate contractions of the uterus or stimulate bleeding.
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