Thursday, 10 April 2014

Everything Pregnant

To Eat or Not to Eat
Food Sources
Raw Meat

Seafood or undercooked red meat or white meat should be avoided as they might be contamiated with coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis and salmonella.

Beef, pork, chicken, duck, all other red and white meat
Deli Meat

Deli meats could be contaminated with listeria. Listeria could cross the placenta and infect the fetus leading to infection or blood poisoning.

Ham, roast beef, salami, mortadella, pastrami or any other cold cut meat.
Fish with Mercury

Studies showed that Mercury consumed during pregnancy linked to developmental delays and brain damage of baby.

Shark, swardfish, king mackerel, tilefish, etc.
Smoked Seafood 


Smoked seafood should be avoided as it could be contaminated with Listeria, unless cooked thoroughly.

Smoked seafood labeled as lox, nova style, kippered and jerky.
Raw Shellfish

Raw shellfish could be contaminated with many kinds of seafood-borne illness. Even after cooking, the algae-related infections are still there. Therefore, it is wise to avoid shellfish as best you can.

Oyster, clams, mussels, etc.
Raw eggs

Raw eggs or food containing raw eggs are at risk of being contaminated with salmonella.

Foods made with raw eggs such as salad dressings, ice crea, custard, hollandaise, etc. Commerical pasteurized ones are safed to eat though.
Soft Cheese

Soft cheese may be infected by Listeria.

Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, Feta, Forgonzola, Mexican style cheeses, unless clearly labeled as made from pasteurized milk.


Caffeine should be avoided during the first trimester to reduce the risk of miscarriage and low birth weight. Stick to 200mg or less per day or decaffeinated options.
Coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, commercial juice, etc.

No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Consuming alcohol while pregnant could lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or other developmental disorders.

Any drinks, foods or desserts containing alcohol.

Unwashed Vegetables

Raw or unwashed vegetables could be exposed to toxoplasmosis.

Wash your vegetables thoroughly before consuming.

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