7 Dangerous Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy ...

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You know that extra caution with physical activity is required when you’re pregnant, but there are some foods to avoid during pregnancy too.

Because your immune system and body is busy making a baby, you’re often more susceptible to conditions that you aren’t under other circumstances.

That’s why it’s important to pay close attention to your diet during pregnancy, so your baby grows healthy and safe.

Check out these foods to avoid during pregnancy and you’ll be set the whole time you’re eating for two.

1. Undercooked Meat

Undercooked Meat

I’m with you – I like my steak pink, but that’s not a safe option if you’re pregnant.

Undercooked meats could be contaminated with salmonella or toxoplasmosis, both of which are dangerous to a growing fetus and getting sick from these could compromise your pregnancy.

The same goes for chicken, smoked fish, sushi and pork too, so put this on your list of foods to avoid during pregnancy.

2. Some Kinds of Fish

Some Kinds of Fish

Yes, it’s technically a meat and you should never eat it raw while you’re pregnant, but some kinds of fish are too high in mercury to be considered safe for an unborn baby.

This includes shark, tilefish, swordfish and king mackerel, which is still considered unsafe when cooked.

It’s best to moderate your fish intake since high mercury levels can harm your baby.

3. Lunchmeat

Lunchmeat

Lunchmeats pose the risk of listeria, which can make you very ill and hurt your growing baby too.

Deli meats, hot dogs and smoked meats are all off limits.

However, some doctors consider them safe as long as they are heated until steaming before eating.

Talk to your obstetrician to be sure.

4. Soft Cheeses

Soft Cheeses

Soft cheeses might taste great and they are perfectly safe when you’re not pregnant.

However, many soft cheeses aren’t pasteurized, which increases the risk of food borne illnesses that can make you ill and interfere with a healthy pregnancy.

Stay away from brie, feta, camembert, blue cheese and some Mexican style cheeses.

If the package says the cheese is pasteurized, it’s likely fine to eat.

No girl wants to give up her cheese, but it’s important to be careful.

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