oodG nutrition before, during and after pregnancy is vital for your health and the development of your baby. It is important that you choose a balanced diet that provides carbohydrates, proteins, fat, fibre and all the essential vitamins and minerals if you and your baby are going to remain healthy but even in amongst the list of foods that would normally be considered as good there are some that should be avoided during pregnancy.
Foods to avoid during pregnancy.
- Cheese – Cheese that is produced with mould should not be eaten during pregnancy. Brie, Camembert etc.
- Eggs – Try and avoid raw or undercooked eggs as this will reduce the risk of salmonella.
- Milk – Do not drink unpasteurised milk. If there is ever a situation where this is the only available type of milk then boil it first.
- Meat – Do not eat raw or undercooked meat. When eating meat make sure it is thoroughly cooked first and that there are no traces of pink or blood in it.
- Liver – Avoid eating liver or things with liver in them as they may contain high levels of Vitamin A which can seriously damage your baby.
- Fish – Try and avoid oily fish. Never eat raw seafood as this can cause food poisoning.
- Alcohol – Alcohol should be avoided completely if you are pregnant. Drinking whilst pregnant can have devastatingly severe effects on your baby´s development.
- Caffeine – Try and limit the amount of caffeine you intake a day. Exposing your baby to high levels of caffeine can cause miscarriage.
Foods to eat during pregnancy.
These 5 foods are great sources of starchy carbohydrates which give the body energy.
- Fruit and vegetables – Try and eat 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day. Not only will this stand your baby in good stead but it also keeps you very healthy.
- Reduced fat dairy products – As mentioned in the list of foods not to eat, try and only eat reduced dairy products.
- Try and eat lean sources of protein such as meat, poultry and fish. Just make sure that everything is cooked properly throughout.
- Beans and pulses.
- Everyone needs sugar and fat in their diet but try not to have too much of this when you are pregnant.
- It is very important to drink lots of fluid when you are pregnant. Try and drink at between 8-10 glasses of fluid every day.