to avoid during pregnancy
the many multi-ethnic foods readily available in North America,
you might not realize that an ethnic favorite might be off
limits during pregnancy. While ethnic dish avoidance is usually
passed on from mother to daughter, chances are your mother
probably didn't indulge in sushi if she happened to grow up
surrounded by meals of a different ethnicity.
You should avoid
any raw meat or fish. This not only includes sushi, but also
undercooked meat or poultry. If you must have sushi, stick
with the vegetarian or with well cooked meat. And for the
duration of your pregnancy, you should choose your beef well
done, rather than medium rare.
Any foods or sauces
which contain raw egg. Some common foods with raw eggs include
Caesar salad dressing, Hollan daise sauce, some types of mayonnaise,
unpasteurized eggnog, and homemade ice cream. This also means
you should avoid licking the spoon from the cake mix or sampling
the cookie dough while making cookies.
Soft cheese selections,
including blue cheese, feta, Brie, Camembert, and Latin-American
soft white cheeses. This may mean skipping your usual greek
salad or other dishes that contain feta.
Certain fish which
contain accumulated levels of mercury in their fatty tissues.
Such fish include shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish.
Consuming large amounts of mercury can cause suffer brain
damage to the baby, resulting in developmental delays reaching
Don't go overboard
on the liver. Liver contains high amounts of Vitamin A. While
you need Vitamin A for your pregnancy, high levels of it may
cause birth defects.
By following these
food avoidance guidelines during pregnancy, you will ensure
your health and the safety of your unborn baby.