Pregnancy is a beautiful time – you get to
witness the miracle of creating of life. However, it can also be quite
confusing. You might start craving foods that you have always hated. Weird
combinations, such as dipping pickles in mayonnaise or adding corn to your
spaghetti, may very well become your new favorite foods.
While your cravings will become all twisted
and weird, it’s important to know that not all foods are recommended during
pregnancy. There are certain foods you should avoid in order to keep you and
your unborn baby in pristine health. Although it’s certainly recommended to eat
healthy foods, even some foods that are considered to be healthy can be
dangerous for your health while pregnant.
Foods You Should Avoid:
- Raw meat such as deli meat
- Fish and raw seafood
- Raw eggs
- Unpasteurized milk
- Unwashed produce
Avoiding these foods is very important. Not
only are they bad for your health during pregnancy, but they can also do a lot
of harm to your baby. There are other obvious things you should avoid
throughout the duration of your pregnancy and these include caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes and drugs
(unless prescribed by your doctor). You will also want to avoid all of the
above while breastfeeding if you choose to go that route.
Along with causing serious harm to you and
your child, consuming the foods listed above can actually worsen the symptoms
of pregnancy. If you do notice your pregnancy symptoms getting worse, you may
want to consult your doctor.
When to Consult Your Doctor
You will experience a wide array of
symptoms during your pregnancy. Not all symptoms are worth visiting your
doctor. You will already be spending enough time in their office as it is, the
last thing you want is to waste your time visiting them for regular symptoms. However,
it’s crucial that you know when you do need to consult with doctor.
If you experience symptoms that seem worst than usual or that just don’t seem to want to fade away with time, you will definitely want to discuss it during your regular checkup. During the first and second trimester, you’ll usually have a monthly checkup – the third trimester usually comes along with weekly checkups.
- Severe vomiting that just won’t quit.
Nausea and occasional morning sickness is normal, but if the vomiting is
excessive, you should consult your doctor. They will most likely prescribe
something to calm your nausea.
in very small quantities. If you notice that you only get a bit of urine
out (a few drops) when you use the washroom, this is a definite sign that you
must consult your doctor. The same goes if your urine is darker than usual or
has other discolorations.
- Feeling dizzy or faint when standing up
too quickly is definitely worth talking to your doctor about. This could be related
to a number of things, but the two leading causes are a lack of blood in your
body and low blood sugar levels.
- Racing heart beats on a regular basis
for no apparent reason is another issue to be concerned about. You should
discuss this with your doctor as soon as possible in order to prevent further
- If you notice blood in your vomit you
can be sure that something is wrong. This is an issue to be concerned about.
Most likely, you are experiencing tears in the lining of your esophagus due to
Overall, it’s a good idea to consult your
doctor as soon as you feel your symptoms are worst than they should be. They
can prescribe you medicine to help lessen the side effects. It’s also a great
idea to take prenatal vitamins on a daily basis. These are specifically made to
get you all of the extra vitamins and supplements that you need during these
demanding 9 months.