11 Foods That Can Terminate Your Pregnancy!
Pregnancy is a very special time for any woman. But did you know that there are a million different ways for your pregnancy to go awry? The fact that ANY baby is born normal is a miracle in itself. Truly, the odds are stacked up against the tiny human developing inside of you.
One of the ways to nurture the life inside of you is to invest in proper nutrition, but caution must be taken when choosing the foods you eat. Some types of food may actually harm your baby!
Below are some of the foods you should avoid during pregnancy:
1. Raw Fish
We know sushi sounds great but it is best to steer clear of raw fish or seafood during pregnancy.
The fact that these products have not previously been heated could cause food poisoning or parasitic infections that could be fatal for your unborn child. Even smoked salmon should be avoided. While the smoking process does sort of cook the fish, it’s better to avoid it altogether.
2. Pineapples and Papaya
A child’s health is highly dependent on the mother’s diet during pregnancy. It is essential for expecting mothers to choose a well-rounded diet filled to the brim with vitamins and minerals.
So what are pineapples and papayas doing on this list?
Rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamin C and other vitamins, pregnant women should be loading up on these, right? Not necessarily. While having a little bit certainly can’t hurt, consuming too much of these fruits could cause an unexpected termination of your pregnancy.
3. Undercooked Eggs or Poultry
Raw eggs and poultry are notorious bearers of salmonella. Salmonella may cause fever, vomiting and nausea. Any products that may contain raw eggs should be avoided, such as: Caesar salad dressing, raw cookie dough, homemade eggnog, soft scrambled eggs and sunny side up eggs.
The same goes for chicken meat – it should be cooked thoroughly before you eat it.
4. Deli Meats and Processed Meat
Deli meats and other types of processed meat may be tainted with listeria. Aside from the fact that these types of food contain copious amounts of salt and preservatives, they can also cause listeriosis. If you can’t lay off your precious deli sandwiches, just make sure to heat the meat before eating.
5. Undercooked Meat
Say bye-bye to perfectly medium rare steak for now, because eating undercooked meat could very well cause you to get infected with Toxoplasmosis gondii, a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis.
The symptoms of toxoplasmosis include fever, body ache, fatigue and swollen lymph glands. Toxoplasmosis gondii could affect brain development as well as cause blindness in affected infants. Household pets may also harbor this parasite.
6. Some Types of Fish
A lot of fish are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, iodine, calcium and a relatively low fat source of protein. The high levels of omega-3 are especially beneficial to a developing fetus. Despite how nutritious fish can be, it can also be infested with contaminants that are bad enough for adults, but are especially dangerous for developing babies.
Oily fish in particular can contain environmental pollutants (polychlorinated biphenyls/PCBs). For this reason, the government warns mothers to limit their consumption to two servings a week during pregnancy. Examples of oily fish are king mackerel and salmon.
Big fish like tuna, swordfish and shark (why would you wanna eat shark anyway?) tend to accumulate larger amounts of mercury in their system due to the fact that they live longer than other fish and are larger in size. You may not need to swear off of them altogether but try to limit your consumption to one or two servings a week.
If you must have a tuna sandwich, make it with light tuna which typically has lower concentrations of mercury than albacore tuna.
7. Smoked Seafood
The process of smoking should be enough to cook most meats, especially one so easily cooked as fish. Some manufacturers however are bound to take shortcuts to yield a higher production at the end of the day. So while smoked salmon might sound like a great idea, hold off on it to avoid getting contaminated by listeria.
If you really have a hankering for it, because pregnant women just have the worst cravings ever, cook it thoroughly before eating or just smoke it yourself.
8. Soft Cheese
Soft, mold-ripened cheeses like brie and camembert should be avoided. Because, well – mold.
Unpasteurized soft cheeses like those that are made with sheep or goat’s milk should also be avoided to avoid listeriosis. Aside from listeriosis, cheese coming from unpasteurized milk is more likely to cause food poisoning.
Pate, since it is a meat product, should be approached with caution. While canned pate is fine because the canning process kills off most types of bacteria and parasites, deli/refrigerated pate should be avoided.
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a host of abnormalities. It can cause a developing baby to become retarded or it can even terminate a pregnancy.
What’s more, not even the experts know what amounts are safe or dangerous. It’s quite hard to perform clinical trials on the effects of alcohol on developing babies, so nobody really knows the numbers. To be sure just stay away from alcohol until you are done breastfeeding.
11. Unwashed Vegetables
It’s not the veggies themselves that may cause harm but the soil that may come with your unwashed veggies. The soil may be contaminated with toxoplasmosis and listeria, which can be transmitted through animal droppings.
To avoid contamination always wash vegetables thoroughly, even if the package says “pre-washed”.