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Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

Building a healthy baby is a very big deal. In order to create the healthiest happiest baby possible, you must be on a super-healthy pregnancy diet.

Plus, you need to know what things and foods to avoid during pregnancy. Remember everything that goes into your mouth can go directly into your developing baby.

Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy?

1. Junk Food All of your baby's nutrition must come from you. If you fill up on junk, you won't have room for the foods that can help your baby grow strong, healthy and beautiful.

2. Undercooked Meats and Nitrates Undercooked meat can have bacteria and parasites. Also, avoid hot dogs, bacon and sandwich meats that are filled with nitrates.

3. Raw Fish, Shellfish and Sushi Eating raw fish could possibly transmit tapeworms or other parasites. A tapeworm can suck nutrients away and therefore deprive your developing child.

4. Left-Out Food In general, don't eat any food that has been sitting out on a counter or buffet table. When food sits around, it's a breeding ground for unfriendly organisms.

5. Alfalfa and Other Raw Sprouts The way most sprouts are grown is a breeding ground for bacteria. And alfalfa sprouts contain a natural toxin that could be harmful to your baby.

6. Raw or Undercooked Eggs and Soft Cheese As with undercooked meat, soft cheese and raw eggs can carry bacteria. Be sure to thoroughly cook any egg products before eating them.

7. Mercury-High Fish Some fish are very high in mercury. To get the omega 3 necessary for your baby's brain development, I recommend a mercury-free fish oil supplement.

Spices and Herbs to Avoid during Pregnancy

Most culinary herbs and spices are safe in small amounts during pregnancy and nursing. Some are even helpful. But many are not safe and can cause high blood pressure, miscarriage or even birth defects. Here's a list of the main problem herbs:Other Things to Avoid during Pregnancy

Alcohol can causes Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, leading to birth defects, central nervous system dysfunction, severe mental retardation and other abnormalities.

Also avoid smoking, prescription or recreational drugs, toxic fumes from pesticides, cleaning products or gasoline, high body temperature (above 102 degrees) cat litter boxes and x-rays. These can lead to spontaneous abortion, low birth weight, birth defects or infant deaths.

To learn all about the different pregnanct stages and see great pictures of what you and your baby will look like throughout your pregnancy journey, go to Pictures of Pregnancy Stages.

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