Foods to Avoid and Limit During Pregnancy

Not every food is safe to eat during pregnancy. Some foods may be harmful to you or your baby because of the way they’re cooked or because of germs or chemicals they contain.Some of the foods to avoid or limit during pregnancy.

Avoid alcohol 

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy has serious consequences like premature delivery and low birth weight.

Avoid artificial sweeteners 

Sweeteners which contain saccharin are not FDA approved for pregnancy.

Do not go on a diet during pregnancy

Pregnancy is not the time to focus on weight loss. This will hinder the health of the mother and baby.

Limit Caffeine

Caffeine consumption is limited to 300mg a day. This is about two 150mL cups of coffee or three 150mL cups of tea. Remember that chocolate and some sodas also contain caffeine.

Limit Salt 

Excess salt in the diet leads to water retention. Bloating causes discomfort during pregnancy.

Limit fat and cholesterol intake  This may not seem like a big concern to those on a vegetarian diet but there are some foods which contain hidden fat and cholesterol such as vegetables puffs prepared with margarine or vegetable fat.

There are no real disadvantages being vegetarian during pregnancy if the diet is based on the guidelines discussed in this article. As long as there is variety in the diet and right food choices are made the baby will have a healthy development. Consult with a physician and a nutritionist to make sure the diet is sufficient and if not, what kind of supplements are needed. Excercise during pregnancy is mandatory for the healthy baby growth and happy pregnancy.