SOME FOODS IN PREGNANCY MAY CAUSE HARM TO YOUR UNBORN BABY:
The chart above describes foods you should eat in pregnancy. We don’t really talk about the foods you should avoid:
LIVER, LIVER PRODUCTS: it contains vitamin A and too much of this can harm your baby. This includes multivitamins which contain vitamin A also. .
PATE: It may contain listeria. It’s bacteria which causes infection called Listeriosis. .
RAW AND UNDERCOOKED FOODS: Avoid undercooked meat, especially sausages or minced meat. It is safest to eat well cooked meat when you are pregnant. There is a risk of toxoplasmosis, a tiny parasite that lives in raw meat, soil and cat poo and can herm the baby.
RAW EGGS: It is important that you cook any egg until the yolks and the whites are solid all the way through. There is a risk of Salmonella, a common cause of food poisoning which can make you and the baby very unwell. .
SOFT AND UNPASTUERISED CHEESE: brie, camembert and stilton may contain listeria.
UNPASTUERISED DIARY PRODUCTS: usually homemade or bought from the farmer’s market as most milk sold in stores are pasteurised. There is an increased risk of toxoplasmosis, listeriosis and campylobacter. .
CERTAIN TYPES OF FISH: shark, swordfish and marlin contain high levels of mercury which could affect your baby’s nervous system. .
Limit tuna to a maximum of four medium cans or two fresh steaks because it also has high levels of mercury.
Limit the amount of oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, herring, pilchards) to no more than two portions a week as they contain pollutants. .
Avoid eating raw shellfish such as oysters as they may give you food poisoning. Cooked shell fish is fine. .
CAFFEINE: drinking a lot of caffeine has been linked to miscarriage and low birth weight. Caffeine is found tea, coffee, chocolate and caffeinated energy drinks. The recommended daily allowance is 200mg which is approx. (4-5 cups of tea, 2 cups of instant coffee or 1.5 cups of filtered coffee) .
If you are worried about something you have eaten, please contact your midwife or doctor. #healthyfood #healthypregnancy #diet #birthprep #antenatal #toluthemidwife #lagos #nigeria