If You Are Pregnant And Eating These Food Items, STOP NOW!

Eating well-balanced meals and high-quality diet is important at all times, but it is even more essential when you are pregnant. Pregnancy is a period where you and your developing baby require essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Most foods are safe; however, there are some foods that you should avoid during pregnancy.

Generally, for pregnant women a well-balanced diet should include 80 – 100 grams of protein, carbohydrates and fat, combined with plenty of fibres and water (calories from all of the food groups). Pregnancy-related dietary changes should begin prior to conception, with appropriate modifications across pregnancy and post-pregnancy, during lactation.


1. Unwashed Vegetables:

Vegetables must be eaten but it is essential to make sure that they are washed to avoid potential exposure to fertilizers and pollutants. Raw vegetable sprouts – Pregnant women should avoid raw sprouts in food and eat thoroughly cooked sprouts.


2. Raw milk and Dairy products:

Unpasteurized milk and dairy products may contain listeria, a bacteria linked to miscarriage and blood poisoning. It is imperative to consume pasteurized milk.


3. Raw Meat, Seafood and Eggs

a. Uncooked seafood and rare or under cooked meat should be avoided because of the risk of contamination with coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella.
b. Cook all meat and poultry thoroughly so there's no trace of pink or blood. Be particularly careful with sausages and minced meat.
c. Raw eggs or any foods that contain raw eggs should be avoided because of the potential exposure to salmonella.


4. Seafood:

Certain types of seafood should be avoided.
a. During pregnancy consumption of seafood, containing high doses of mercury, has been linked to developmental delays and brain damage. High mercury concentration fish: tilefish, shark, swordfish, and king mackerel must be avoided.
b. Although international agencies recommend pregnant mothers to consume up to 12 ounces a week of fish with low mercury concentration; they should still only be eaten in moderation. For example, up to 6 ounces a week of white (albacore) tuna should be consumed.
c. Women and their family members should take care to avoid fishes exposed to industrial pollutants.


5. Liquids to avoid or intake in limited quantities:

a. Caffeine– intake, as a general rule, should be limited to 200 mg per day (from all sources) during pregnancy. Some studies show excess consumption of caffeine may result in miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, and withdrawal symptoms in infants. To be safe, avoid caffeine.
b. Alcohol must be avoided completely during pregnancy. Alcohol exposure during pregnancy, is known to causes development disorders and impact intellectual abilities and physical growth.
c. Unpasteurized juices purchased from roadside stands and at farms should be avoided; it may have live bacteria and toxins.
d. Drink plenty of water and ensure that it is filtered or boiled.
e. Popular herbal tea sold at stores is safe, but should be avoided in large quantities. Herbal supplements should completely be avoided.


It is recommended that you avoid food containing preservatives, excess sugar, artificial colouring and added multivitamins. Also, avoid junk food and products. Furthermore, plastic containing BPA (an industrial chemical found in the lining of many canned foods) is an endocrine disruptor that may disturb normal foetal development – it is advisable to avoid foods stored in such containers.

A common  misconception is that during your pregnancy, you are eating for two. Eating too many calories is bad for both you and your baby. You should certainly be increasing the amount of certain nutrients. However excessive consumption, increases your risk of gestational diabetes, backaches, high blood pressure, and needing a caesarean birth because your baby is very large. Conversely, gaining too little weight during pregnancy is a cause for concern. It can lead to low birth weight, premature delivery, and could cause developmental delays, learning disabilities and chronic health problems in your baby. W Hospital strongly recommends consultation with a nutritionist to get further information on a healthy diet for you and your baby during pregnancy.


This article is sponsored by: W Pratiksha Hospital


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jyoti gupta

thank you ma'am for such a useful info.

Pooja Singh

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Suma Arun Kumar

Thankyou Mam....
For helping us to know the things which we are unaware off...

Sangeeta Choudhary

thanks alot mam... it's very good information regarding to pregnancy.

Gurinder Kaur

it's so helpful, thank you

Priyanka Gupta

thanks mam very usegul article


thanks alot ...

Mahi Sharma

thnkss alot mam this is a very informative article..... it helped soo much .

Macdalin Suresh Andrew

useful... thanku mam..

Medha Gupta

mam I have had miscarriage twice dis time i am pregnant again I am in my 5th month today

Tanya Sidhu

Mam i m suffering from gas problem and constipation what should i eat or do. Having Back pain. Please suggest

Arooj Mairaj

thanks a lot its realy very informative...

Roshni Ashra

mam I had ultrasound in 27 week due to slightly liquor. low 7.6 is it normal and unstable lie fetal also

Mona Shrestha

is hajmola benefit  during pregnancy?

Latha Singh

Thank you mam for the useful information


I wish I knew this before

lubna tabassum

Dear ragini mam
I am running into 21 week of my pregnancy but didn't feel any movement of baby can u plz give me better advice

Supriya Tyagi

I wish I knew this before


I wish I knew this before


Thank you mam for such a valuable information.


Mam want to ask a query.I am 11 week pregnant.I am having minor thalassemia.my husband hemoglobin is 14.9. He is not ready to opt for thalassemia test.Is hemoglobin is a surity that he doesn't had thalassemia. Looking for your reply.thanks in advance


This is so well written.

Sashikant Sharma

I wish I knew this before

Yetta Don Nzediegwu

Thanks for ur concern

Sonam Anshul Mittal

What to do if I have severe headache

Shikha Avineet Singh Rajput

Having headache from last one day ....tell me the remedy for that?
Acidic vomiting are also frequent creating somewhat uneasy for eating habits.


This is so well written.

Chenai Dhan

Thank you...

Zainab Waheed


pooja gupta

Hello mam im 9 week pregnant since last night i observe Brown colour like discharge in my cloths and urine my place is flooded due to heavy rainfall i cant even visit doctr plzz provide me advice im very tense why it is happening

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