Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy
by Roger Noonan
consumers, we have a responsibility to ourselves to become more vigilant in what
we eat, and this is especially true for the expectant mother, as she now eats for two,
and the types and quality of food that she consumes has a direct impact on the
healthy development, or otherwise, of her unborn child.

A healthy nutritious pregnancy diet will generally consist of wholesome natural foods,
that will provide all the essential vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, proteins and
folic acid, that will ensure the best chance of a healthy fully developed baby. Such a
diet may also be supplemented with prenatal vitamins, as prescribed by your doctor.
However, be aware that these vitamins are to be taken as part of a good pregnancy
diet, not as a substitute for it. If an expectant mum has a poor pregnancy diet, there
are increased possibilities of disabilities, low birth weight, miscarriage and mortality.

Certain foods to avoid during pregnancy are plain common sense. Consider fried
foods. We all know that these types of foods are not good for us so it's common
sense that they're not going to be good for our baby. Fried foods are full of trans
fats which are detrimental to the development of the fetus. Trans fats are actually
found in lots of foods and they inhibit the conversion of fatty acids such as omega 3
acids which are essential for fetal brain growth. Trans fats can also decrease the
content of breast milk. Watch the food ingredients of what you eat, if an ingredient
has "partially hydrogenated" in it, chances are it has trans fats in it and avoid it.

Junk food can be defined as fast foods, fried foods, soft drinks, sweets and
processed foods. These foods are low in nutritional value and most likely are high in
artificial preservatives and processed sugars and are best avoided as they will be of
no benefit to you or your developing baby.

Alcohol has to be top of your list of foods to avoid during pregnancy if you are
serious about the healthy development of your baby. Alcohol abuse leads to birth
defects such as developmental disorders, disabilities and behavioural abnormalities.
So why take the risk, stay away from alcohol for the duration of your pregnancy.

Caffeine is also a pregnancy food to avoid. Some studies have linked caffeine to
miscarriage, premature birth and low birth weight. Caffeine is also a diuretic which
means that it helps to expel fluids from the body. This can lead to dehydration and
calcium loss and is to be avoided.

By getting to know the foods to avoid during pregnancy, you can considerably
improve your chances of delivering a happy healthy child. Isn't this what every
expectant mother wants?


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In this day and age, it is an
unfortunate fact that the majority of
foods on our supermarket and
kitchen shelves are compromised
when it comes to their nutritional
value, and can be considered foods
to avoid during pregnancy. There are
a number of reasons for this, the
main one being the dominance of the
supermarket chains and their focus
on profit above quality of produce,
the subsequent demise of the
farmers market and the local shop
and the local symbiotic business
relationship between the producer
and the retailer. Therefore as
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