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Foods Which Are Unsafe to Eat for Pregnant Women - Pregnancy and Food

Updated on May 2, 2011

Foods Which Are Unsafe for Pregnant Women

Carrying a baby is a joyful thing but then it also require us to change our lifestyle specifically pertaining to mother's total health. I am continuing my series of hubs about health, fitness/exercises during pregnancy, and I am going to discuss in this hub foods which are unsafe for pregnant women. You can check my other hub about healthy foods for pregnant women here -- Healthy Diets and Foods For Pregnant Women.

We all know that healthy foods is a requirement for a pregnant woman as she is carrying a baby in her womb who is totally dependent on the mothers health. Many times when women are about to embark in family formation, they think hard and are a bit worried whether they can comply with expectations of motherhood. Motherhood is a long and arduous task but it is the most rewarding task in the world. They are also thinking whether they can be responsible enough to start a family. A case in hand is we know for example that smoking and drinking is not allowed when you are pregnant and they have been drinking and smoking before pregnancies. The best decision that they can make is to ensure that their health and their unborn baby is good. There is the danger of poisoning and negative effects of some food and other habits that endangers the health of the unborn baby if they are not careful and don't know the foods which are unsafe during pregnancy.

We will now continue with this hub whose main focus are the "foods which are unsafe for pregnant women".

Foods Which Are Unsafe for Pregnant Women

Normally, all foods which you normally eat when you're not pregnant can still be eaten when you're pregnant. Just take extra precautions when eating the following foods:

Raw Foods

  • About Raw Vegetables ------ fruits and vegetables if not properly washed may cause Toxoplasmosis -- this disease is associated with cat litter boxes. Always wash thoroughly raw vegetables and if not just cooked them. Raw sprouts may also caused salmonella.
  • About raw meats-- there are cases of coliform bacteria, salmonella and toxoplasmosis, When a pregnant woman eats raw meat foods so you should be careful about this and a case in point is sushi. As long as it is properly cleaned it should be safe, but better be careful. I eat sushi when I was pregnant all the time and it didn't cause me any harm but every women is different.
  • Be careful with deli meats as well, make sure that it is properly cooked.

Eggs should be cooked as this may contain salmonella

Other Important Information for Pregnant Women Pertaining To Unsafe Food During Pregnancy

  • One danger for pregnant women is food poisoningthat is why you should be careful when eating by being more careful when choosing healthy food that you eat. You should be more careful when eating foods that you don't normally eat before, and avoid experimenting about foods when you are pregnant -- (foods that you never ate before). Always consult a health provider when you like to eat food which you never ate before like raw foods and seafoods -- fishes.
  • Food allergies -- If a pregnant woman have allergies prior to pregnancies, consult a health provider about your food regimen. Prescribing medicines to women who have allergies should be taken with precautions. Usually dietary allergens are found in dairies, proteins, nuts and fishes.

 

Foods Which Are Unsafe for Pregnant Women

Foods Which Are Unsafe for Pregnant Women

Seafoods --- According to the USDA, pregnant women should not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tile fish because they contain high levels of mercury. However, they added that a pregnant woman may eat up to 12 ounces a week (2 average meals) of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury. "Shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish are some commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury. “White” tuna (albacore) has more mercury than canned light tuna. Furthermore the USDA added that when choosing fish and shellfish, include only up to 6 ounces per week of white tuna."

Foods Which Are Unsafe for Pregnant Women

Foods which are unsafe for pregnant women

  • Caffeine -- if you cant totally avoid caffeine, the amount which should be taken daily is less than 300 mg everyday. According to WebMD, "an 8-ounce cup of coffee has about 150 mg of caffeine on average while black tea has typically about 80 mg. A 12-ounce glass of caffeinated soda contains anywhere from 30-60 mg of caffeine. Remember, chocolate contains caffeine -- the amount of caffeine in a chocolate bar is equal to 1/4 cup of coffee."
  • Cheese -- Avoid the following cheese : feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined, and Mexican-style cheese as these are unpasteurized and may cause Listeria infection. Listeria infection is Listeriosis has a very low incidence in humans. However, according to experts,  "pregnant women are much more likely than the rest of the population to contract it plus infected pregnant women may have only mild, flulike symptoms. However, infection in a pregnant woman can lead to early delivery, infection of the newborn, and death of the baby."
  • Artificial sweeteners-- there are brands of artificial sweetener which are safe for pregnant women and it is approved by the Food and Drugs Administration and these brands are : aspartame (Equal or NutraSweet), acesulfame-K (Sunett), and sucralose (Splenda). But they should be taken in moderation..
  • Fats -- The total amount of fat you should eat should be one third or less of your total daily.

Conclusion :

  • Every pregnant woman should adhere to the basic precautions about "unsafe foods for pregnant women" as the health of the unborn baby is totally dependent on the mother's nutrition and health. Always stay healthy and seek the advice of a health provider if in doubt about any topic pertaining to mothers health --- from fitness, dieting and healthy and unsafe foods.

Thank you for reading this article!

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The main sources for this hub are the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nutrition Program and WebMd.

Foods Which Are Unsafe for Pregnant Women

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      When my sister was pregnant, my mom tutored her in every conceivable way (that's a pun by the way!). She wasn't allowed to eat over 50% of Lao food and so it drove her batty! She did however have a craving for Thai ramens for some strange reason. No wonder her son loves them :D

      It's great to be reading your awesome hubs again Maita! You always manage to give such great helpful information. Salamat!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Oh DOHN< you are back,HOORAY!!!!! I miss you and your writings, everyday I keep on looking at your profile and thank you for your wonderful comment, Night, Maita

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi, PDH! My very first grandchild is coming in September-a boy-and I'm definitely showing this to his mom!

      Wonderful job!

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      A very interesting hub. Thanks Maita.

      Forever His,

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Wow! A great hub - and I am getting hungry reading it cos of all the food references! Damn, is that normal? Heh! Great hub! : )

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      kowality 7 years ago from Everywhere

      I'm always amazed at the combinations of food that pregnant Women crave. Shushi and cabbage rolls. Summer sausage and jello...Carrots dipped in gravy. Yup..all in my family. I have to admit..I tried them all and can understand. Thank You for another sweet Hub.

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Great tips for expecting mothers. Have a great day tomorrow Maita, I promise I will be back on track soon.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      This is a wonderful hub with so many advices and warnings. Well done.

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Great informatiom as always.

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      Maita - who gives better info than you .. you almost make me want to do it again and get pregnant.(ha not!)

      xoxox

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      Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

      Kumustaka,

      Thanks god men don't get pregnant at least not yet but you never know in future it might change.......hahaha.

      Same sex marriages are possible now so who knows.....but it will still not happen for same sex marriages between two women.......

      Interesting and very informative hub for pregnant women.

      Enjoy rest of your day.

      Salamat dalaga

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Great hub Maita. Nope- no star in the east though! Thank you Dear!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Miata, this is a very interesting hub with many great facts. You did an excellent job of organizing the material so anyone can understand the dos and don't s for pregnant women. Thunmbs up!

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Good read,well done hub.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Another good article Miata; in reference to this topic I am so glad my kids are grown and gone. Enjoyed reading your hub :)

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      This is excellent information, Maita, not just for pregnant women but for everyone. We should all follow the steps you recommend when choosing what we eat. It might halt the spread of obesity I refer to in my hub Obesity is Worldwide.

      Well-presented, as always.

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      rprcarz50 7 years ago

      Great information for everyone . most of these things are not good for us regular people that don't ever get pregnant.

      Cause we are men. And one thing really sad is when you see yyoug children that are overwieght.

      Thank you for your fine work!

      Ron

      as always Also a2z50

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Prettydarkhorse :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      This series for pregnant women should be a popular one. I have a friend that wants to get pregnant. I'm going to be sure to recommend your hubs. Thanks for sharing my friend. :)

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate Maita I'll let you know if and when I get preggers, so I can sample all of this yummie,stuff.

      KUYA Dave.

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      With all the categories of foods mentioned, it seems like the pregnant woman has very little to find comfort in. Haha--haven't we been there? All said, it worth every bit of sacrifice and as you mentioned, baby first. Thanks for the wealth of information.

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      Katrina Ariel 7 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      Great hub, Maita. I think we should be careful with lots of these foods anyway - such as mercury heavy fish and artificial sweeteners.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      katrina, thank you for dropping by, and you're correct, Maita

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Yet another great hub Maita...as always informative and filled with information...

      Blessings

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      You're always the one providing valuable information! Cheers to you my friend! xox :)

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      Majidsiko 7 years ago from Kenya

      Very good information. My wife is currently pregnant. Thanks for the great info.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Quill, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks Beth, you're a dear friend, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Majidisko, I am glad this hub helps you, Congrats you're expecting a baby, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi angel, hehe, yes you're right, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thank you Money, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Barry, how are you, thanks, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thank you Ron, and yes overweight children-- they are omost often bullied too, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi drbj, yes you're right, will visit your hub, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thank you cool, Maita you can share it if you want to, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thank you Pam, that's a nice compliment, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Micey dee, hehe arent you really pregnant yet, hehe, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi entertianment, thank you, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      mr Nice, you're really funy hehe, Thank you, you're making me LOL, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Shari, hmm, one more for you my friend, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi hello, thanks dear, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Granny, Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Truth, thank you, take care, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      yes Kowality, it is funny hehe, they crave this and that hehe, and it gets funny at times, me too I did that as well, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Cheeky, my girl, are you preggers? hehe, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Bless and thank you RevLady, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Congratulations lorlie, wow, new grandma arent you glad, Take care lorlie and thank you, Maita

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Alcohol too is dangerous Right ?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great advice, Maita!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thank you Barry, yes I will ad that, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi habee, good to see you here, thank you, maita

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent tips Maita, I had herd relatives say to avoid under cooked meats when they were pregnant.

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      Faeriephenomenon 5 years ago from USA

      Interesting to read from start to finish. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub. Voted up for sure. :)

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      indianist 5 years ago

      what are the healthy diet for pregnancy….any lists plz….?

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