Foods to Avoid While Pregnant

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
  • Cheese
  • 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.

Serious Symptoms:

  • 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.
  •  Urinating 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 complications.
  • 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 excessive vomiting.

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.