What Foods to Avoid if You Are Pregnant
By Capital Women's Care
May 11, 2015
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Pregnant  

Your Montgomery County OBGYN recommends staying away from these common foods while pregnant.

When you find out that you’re pregnant the first thing you want to do is focus on what’s good for the baby. This includes honing in on your diet to Pregnant figure out what you can and can’t eat. While it can be a bit confusing, your Montgomery County OBGYN offers up a comprehensive list of foods to avoid while pregnant.

Seafood with high mercury content: While seafood is definitely rich in protein, which is perfect for your developing baby, some fish can contain too much mercury, which can be dangerous for a baby’s nervous system. Avoid these fish:

  • Swordfish
  • Shark
  • Mackerel
  • Tilefish

What fish is safe to eat?

  • Shrimp
  • Salmon
  • Catfish
  • Anchovies, trout, and tuna

These fish, except tuna, can be safely eaten a couple times a week (however, no more than 8 to 12 ounces a week). Keep tuna to 6oz or less a week. Also, do not eat undercooked or raw seafood.

Undercooked meat and eggs: While you might have enjoyed a rare steak in the past, now that you are pregnant you need to prevent your baby from harmful bacteria. This means fully cooking all meat. Lunch meats should also be cooked thoroughly or otherwise avoided. The same rule applies to eggs. Do not eat raw or undercooked eggs during pregnancy.

Unpasteurized foods: While low-fat milk and mozzarella have their healthy benefits anything with unpasteurized milk is unhealthy for your baby. Avoid soft cheese like blue cheese and feta. This is also means avoiding unpasteurized juices.

Excessive caffeine: Since caffeine can negatively impact your baby’s heart rate, your Montgomery County OBGYN advises pregnant women to limit their caffeine intact. Some experts recommend limiting caffeine to 200mg a day; however, we would be happy to talk to you about how much caffeine is specifically safe for you and your child.

Unwashed fruits and veggies: Prevent bacteria from harming your baby by fully washing all fruits and veggies. Also avoid raw sprouts like alfalfa; only eat them if they are thoroughly cooked.

Alcohol : This certainly shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since doctors have been warning pregnant women for years to not drink alcohol while pregnant. No level of alcohol has been found to be safe on your baby, so we recommend avoiding it altogether.

If you have any questions about you and your baby’s diet, don’t hesitate to contact your Montgomery County OBGYN. Capital Women's Health is here to make sure that your pregnancy is as easy and stress-free as possible. Schedule an appointment with doctors Leslie Masiky, Aliya Poshni and Eric Ashkin today!