It is said that, as an expecting mother you are eating for two. That means you should have a well-balanced diet to provide proper nutrition for you and the little one. And, a healthy diet helps you prevent any pregnancy complications.
When you are adding fresh and healthy foods to your pregnancy menu, you should even eliminate unhealthy and junk foods from it. Also, there are certain foods that are considered unhealthy for pregnancy. This MomJunction gives you a list of 27 foods that you should avoid during pregnancy, their respective reasons, and their safe alternatives.
Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy:
Avoiding some foods ensures that you and your baby are safe and healthy. Below, we give a list of such must-not-have foods.
1. Fish containing mercury:
Fish such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish have high mercury levels and must be shunned. Mercury, an element found in oceans, streams, and lakes, converts into methylmercury in the human body. It is a neurotoxin and is linked to brain damage and developmental delays in babies. You could choose fish such as salmon, catfish, cod, and canned light tuna, which have low mercury levels. According to the US FDA, you can eat up to eight to 12 ounces of fish per week, which is two to three servings. Consumption of white tuna (albacore) should be limited to six ounces per week (1).
Solution: Choose fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury as the high protein, low saturated fats, and many essential nutrients contribute to the child’s heart and brain development, and aid in proper growth. You should, however, check with a doctor or a qualified dietitian to know about the fish you can eat.