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Foods You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

Many questions arise in pregnant women’s minds, especially for the first time undergoing pregnancy, about what can and should not be eaten during pregnancy. Often there is a wrong understanding of the type of food that is avoided. Still, it is vital during pregnancy.
Several types of food are best avoided during pregnancy. They can cause infections such as; salmonella, toxoplasmosis, listeria, and E.coli. These infections will certainly be harmful to pregnant women and the fetus.

Foods You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

Foods You Should Avoid During Pregnancy
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Here are some foods you should avoid during pregnancy:

Raw meat/sushi and undercooked

This food is risky because it contains toxoplasmosis. This parasite can cause severe infections in your fetus.    E. coli also can harmful to pregnant women and the fetus..

Vegetables that are not washed properly

It is feared that vegetables that are not washed still contain harmful substances leftover from pesticides intended for plant fertility. For that, clean your vegetables well, especially for salads or vegetables that are eaten raw.

Cooked eggs are not cooked or raw,

Avoid eating chicken liver/meat, which may be a salmonella source, which can cause severe diarrhea in pregnant women. Also note the dishes, cooking utensils that are exposed to raw chicken meat to be washed.

Tuna steak, sea bass, shark, or large fish contain high mercury levels, which can cause nerve damage if eaten in large quantities.

All of these products carry the risk of carrying listeria. Listeria is a type of bacteria that can penetrate the placenta and cause fetal infection. Usually, there are no symptoms or even if there will be like the flu. Listeria can cause miscarriage, premature birth, and poisoning in the blood.

Drinks that contain alcohol

Drinks containing alcohol can cause developmental abnormalities in the fetus as well as emotional problems in the baby.

Drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee and tea.

Caffeinated drinks should be avoided because coffee can affect low weight in infants, miscarriage, and also caffeine reduces iron absorption.

From some of the explanations mentioned earlier, you can always apply to choose healthy foods during pregnancy so that the mother and fetus to be born become healthy children as desired.

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