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What Not to Eat Now that You are Pregnant

What Not to Eat Now that You are Pregnant

Now that you are pregnant, you must be careful to ensure everything you eat will assist in the growth and development of your baby. Here’s a list of foods that are best avoided during pregnancy:

  • Alcohol: It is best to completely avoid alcohol during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Following this period, you may have no more than 1-2 alcoholic drinks per week. Going beyond this limit can increase the risk for premature birth, miscarriage, abnormal brain development, restricted growth, and fetal alcohol syndrome.
  • Unpasteurized Milk: Pregnant women who consume unpasteurized milk are at risk of developing listeriosis. This disease may cause mild flu symptoms in the mother but could potentially cross the placental barrier and cause serious complications in the baby such as preterm birth, low-birth weight, or even infant death.
  • Undercooked Meat: Make sure the meat you consume is well cooked. It is safest to avoid undercooked sausages and minced meat as well as raw cured meat such as salami and pepperoni.
  • Soft Cheese: Mold-ripened soft cheeses such as brie or soft blue-veined cheeses are best avoided as they may contain Listeria bacteria that can harm the baby.
  • Raw or Undercooked Eggs: When eating eggs, make sure the whites and yolks are not runny, but cooked until they are solid. You should also avoid foods such as mousse or mayonnaise that contain raw eggs. This reduces the risk of developing a salmonella infection.
  • Certain types of Fish: Avoid or limit canned tuna, shark, and swordfish as they contain high levels of mercury that could damage the developing nervous system of your baby.

If you have already consumed food that might put your pregnancy at risk, there is no need to panic. Unless you become ill, it is unlikely your baby is affected. Just avoid risky food in the future and talk to your doctor or a fertility specialist to confirm all is well with your pregnancy.

ReproMed Fertility Center has four convenient locations in the Dallas metroplex and one in Tyler. Please contact us at (214) 827-8777 for all appointments and information.

  • Mckinney

    McKinney
    6850 TPC Drive , Suite 105
    Unit B
    McKinney, TX 75070

    McKinney

    6850 TPC Drive , Suite 105
    Unit B
    McKinney, TX 75070

  • Mckinney

    McKinney
    ARC Embryology Laboratory for Egg Retrieval and Embryo Transfer
    8080 TX-121 #100
    McKinney, TX 75070

    McKinney

    ARC Embryology Laboratory for Egg Retrieval and Embryo Transfer
    8080 TX-121 #100
    McKinney, TX 75070

  • Grapevine

    Grapevine
    823 Ira E. Woods Avenue
    Grapevine, TX 76051

    Grapevine

    823 Ira E. Woods Avenue
    Grapevine, TX 76051

  • Rockwall

    Rockwall
    935 West Ralph Hall Pkwy
    Suite 103
    Rockwall, TX 75032

    Rockwall

    935 West Ralph Hall Pkwy
    Suite 103
    Rockwall, TX 75032

  • Dallas

    Dallas
    3800 San Jacinto
    Suite 123
    Dallas, TX 75204

    Dallas

    3800 San Jacinto
    Dallas, TX 75204

  • Tyler

    Tyler
    7925 S. Broadway Ave
    Suite 210
    Tyler, TX 75703

    Tyler

    7925 S. Broadway Ave
    Suite 210
    Tyler, TX 75703