10 Foods to avoid during PREGNANCY

10 Foods to avoid during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the crucial time for every woman. Utmost care should be taken about the health of both mother and baby. Here, I am trying to help with the foods to avoid during pregnancy. You may think that, what will happen if we take a little amount of these foods as we are craving for them. I am suggesting you not to do that. Because, taking small amounts may not lead to miscarriage or abortion as the dose is very small. But, though the dose is small they will show the effect which will cause malformation of organs in the baby and leads to a dangerous punishment to the little one after birth. You don’t want to see your baby in that situation, right? So, dear mom… Please have some control of food craving and avoid the below foods strictly for the health of the baby and you.

So,Here are the 10 foods to avoid during pregnancy:

Dangerous foods to avoid during pregnancy are there below …

1. Pineapple:

Though pineapple is rich in fiber, water content, vitamin-c and many more health benefits… Pregnant women should strictly keep it away for the safety of the baby in the womb. Intake of pine apple will cause abortion if it is taken during the 1st trimester of pregnancy, as it causes the uterine contraction and may leads to miscarriage.

2. Papaya:

Papaya is another healthy fruit but, strictly avoided during pregnancy. Enzymes in unripe papaya will act as prostaglandin and oxytocin which will be actually used to induce labor. So, eating papaya will induce premature induction of labor and thus induces an abortion of the baby. Whereas fully ripen papaya is good source of vitamins and good for health. But better, think twice even if you want to take the fully ripen papaya too.

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3. Sesame Seeds:

Though Sesame seeds are rich sources of iron, it is not at all good to take them during pregnancy. Intake of Sesame seeds or cooking with sesame oil will cause severe heat to the body and it will induce the contraction and excite the uterine muscle. That will lead to the expulsion of fertilized ovum and will abort the pregnancy.


4. Ajinomoto:

This is most common ingredient in Chinese foods and few of Asian foods. It is also called as monosodium glutamate. It may add taste to the food. But, Intake of Ajinomoto is more dangerous than any other foods. It will not cause any miscarriage or abortion. But this will directly affect the development of the baby by damaging the brain cells of the baby, Nerves system and reproductive system during the cell development. So, for the goodness of the health of the baby in future, mother should strictly avoid it.

5. Pepper:

Black or White pepper is emmenagogue, that stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, usually to induce menstruation. It also causes      heat to the body. Emmenagogues have also been used historically to terminate pregnancies, so large doses of pepper or black pepper oil should      be avoided.

6. Coffee:

Caffeine or Intake of coffee is strictly not suggested for the 1st trimester as there are many chances of miscarriage due to caffeine. After 1st trimester also, a very minimal or permissible level is fine. Caffeine has the property to cross the placental barrier and reach the growing baby in the uterus. Excess caffeine will decrease the inflow of blood from placenta to the fetus. So, it’s always safe and better option if you can keep it away for your complete 9 months as caffeine is diuretic which will eliminate body fluids in the form of water and make you dehydrated. With that, there is chance of weight loss for the baby. So, this will affect you and the baby too.

7. Nicotine:

Intake or inhalation or smoking of nicotine or tobacco is injuries to everyone’s health. Though you are not taking it directly, exposing to the smoke of nicotine also affects a lot during pregnancy. There, If you smoke during pregnancy, your baby is exposed to harmful chemicals such as tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide. Nicotine causes your blood vessels to constrict, so less oxygen and nutrients will reach the fetus. The level of Carbon monoxide you are inhaling will decrease the amount of oxygen the baby receives. Nicotine will show its long-term effects even after delivery of the baby with respiratory problem and weight loss.

8. Raw sprouts:

We all know that raw sprouts are delicious, a full pack of nutrients and popular ingredient for many healthy diet recipes. But what we should know here is, as the pregnant women have weaker immune system to develop food borne diseases… this is not at all healthy for pregnant ladies. Because, it contains various bacteria like e-coli, salmonella that are residing on the sprouts which will cause nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever and other serious illnesses in pregnant women. The proliferation capacity of these bacteria is more in warm and suitable conditions. When these bacteria are passed from the mother to the fetus, after birth the baby may develop fever, diarrhea and meningitis. Even home grown or disinfected sprouts are also will not help much. Whereas cooked or boiled sprouts will be better somewhat.

9. Aerated drinks:

Just taking aerated drinks is not unhealthy. But most of the fizzy and aerated drinks contain caffeine. As we know, Caffeine has the property to cross the placental barrier and reach the growing baby in the uterus. Excess caffeine will decrease the inflow of blood from placenta to the fetus. Also, Reports are showing that, aerated drinks contain artificial flavoring and preservatives and few contains artificial sweeteners. They are not at all good for the health of the growing baby.

10. Raw meat, or stored meat patty:

Meat is a very rich source of protein, especially the sea food for omega-3-fatty acids that are good for health. Whereas how healthy it is when cooked, that much harmful when it is uncooked or undercooked. Uncooked or undercooked meat has the risk of e-coli, salmonella and toxoplasma and many more dangerous bacteria. When mother infected with these bacteria will carry them to baby too. This will develop diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever to baby immediately after birth. And, never use stored meat patty during entire term of your pregnancy as that will be more prone to show all these effects. So, taking meat from fish and poultry is good for health only when they are processed and cooked properly.

Hope this post help you to clear at least 1 percent of your doubt about what not to eat during pregnancy. Well… If you are doubt in eating something new during pregnancy, please take suggestions for your dietitian.


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