Pregnancy. What a beautiful time it is – growing a life within.
[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ut just once in a while I want just a little break off of a spicy tuna hand roll or a ham sammich. Oh okay, okay. So I wanted to swim in a tub of cookie dough, sue me! Does this sound anything like you, oh pregnant one?
Wondering what to leave off the menu for the immediate future? I’ve compiled a list of the delicious foods you can’t have for some time. Sorry lady, don’t say I didn’t warn ya.
1. Rare meat. Rawr. Don’t you love a great steak? Perfectly medium rare. M-m-m-m! And if you’re like me and life a warm pink center, you’re outta luck, pregnant lady. Undone meat runs the risk of contact with coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella. So, better safe than sorry.
2. Garlic. Man, I love the stuff. Fresh, sauteed, baked. On chicken, on meat, on fish. It’s really the prefect partner in any recipe. This is why I was so saddened when someone first said to me, “You probably shouldn’t eat that. It’s loaded with garlic!” What do you mean?, I thought. I was hoping this silly person was simply misinformed. Later, that night I did some research of my own and my friend turned out to be right. Sad but true.
It has been reported that garlic has properties that can contribute to miscarriages. However, there are no reports of problems due to garlic in pregnant women. It is known that garlic components pass through the placenta into the amniotic fluid, as do many other substances.
3. Fish. Think predatory like king mackerel, tilefish, shark and swordfish as they contain a higher level of mercury as compared to other fish. Likely, be wearing eating fish from streams, lakes and the like. When doing so, check the water conditions and levels with the local health department.
4. Liver, paté. Some of you lucky ones out there are saying, “Ew, not pregnant. Not ever!” But, if you love it, this is another one of those items that must take a pause for just a little while. The answer to why lies in the “A”. Vitamin A, which liver is very high in, is known to cause birth defects to the unborn child.
5. Egg yolks. An easy one – salmonella. Keep in mind, some homemade Caesar dressings, mayonnaise, homemade ice cream or custards, and Hollandaise sauces may be made with raw eggs.
6. Blue cheese. The good news: most cheeses are okay during pregnancy. But leave the ones with blue veins behind.
The restriction is due to the risk of listeria, a bacteria found in contaminated foods; however, the risk is greatly reduced if the blue cheese is made from pasteurized milk.
7. Cookie dough. DOH! I had to put this doing there to show my outrage. I know it’s all because of eggs so it technically should count. But, COME ON! This is …. well, an outrage! Hang in there ladies (I feel your pain)!
8. Unpasteurized juice, dairy. Some of these may not be pasteurized to protect against harmful bacteria, including salmonella andE. coli. Skip altogether to help keep unhealthy weight off… juice = tons of sugar; milk = tons of fat and sugar.
9. Raw sprouts. This one was a shocker. I mean, sprouts? Really? Shame. I love their nutty, fresh crisp that they add.
The seeds are stored in dry conditions wherein the bacteria remain dormant, but once they are sprouted in a warm environment the bacterial growth gets activated. E-coli and salmonella bacteria cause diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramping and fever and other serious illnesses in pregnant women.
Apparently once the bacteria starts to grow, it’s nearly impossible to wash away. Best to leave them off the sandwich. Oh, were you going to have a sandwich? Don’t count on it… read on.
10. Deli meat and hotdogs. You must hate me by now, right? I can only say, I’ve been there. G-d Willing, I’ll be there again! In the meantime, ever hear of listeria? It’s some scary stuff, so, put down that ham and walk away slowly!
BONUS (not really)
11. Sushi. The most heartbreaking of all. Yes, ladies, this delicious treat will have to be forgotten about for the next few months. Of course, there shouldn’t be too much speculation as to why: salmonella and
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What Not to Eat When Pregnant Slideshow: Alcohol, Fish, Fruit Juice, Sushi. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-what-not-to-eat-when-pregnant
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