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Foods To Avoid When Pregnant


Pregnant women should take precautions during early pregnancy by eating a well balanced meal, but there are some foods that you should avoid during pregnancy as you are at increased risk of bacterial food poisoning. You should stay away from foods that could harbor potentially harmful bacteria and chemicals which will endanger the growth of your fetus.

Here is the list of foods and drinks to avoid during pregnancy:

Raw Meat: Beef or poultry should be properly cooked to reduce the risk of contamination with certain types of bacteria such as E-coli and Salmonella. These bacteria can cause food poisoning.

Stay away from hot dogs or burger as the raw salami and turkey together with the preserved onions and mustards contain chemicals and preservatives which might harm the developing fetus. The bacteria in the foods which can get into your bloodstream and may cause blood poisoning leading to a miscarriage.

Fish with Mercury: Fish with high levels of mercury such as king mackerel, swordfish and , shark should be avoided during pregnancy as consumption of high levels of mercury may cause brain damage to the fetus.

Raw Shellfish: Shellfish such as clams, mussels and oysters should not be taken raw during pregnancy as they contain harmful bacteria which can damage the growth of the fetus. However, if they are cooked properly it will help kill some types of bacteria.

Sleep Position In Pregnancy

During the first trimester, you may feel exhausted due to hormonal changes that accompany pregnancy. As the levels of the hormone progesterone increases and at the same time, lower blood pressure and increased blood production occur, your energy will sap further. All these changes that affect your body will make you feel fatigue, nausea, and moody.

There is no solution to this tiredness but to get plenty of rest and make time to sit with your feet up during the day.

Later on in pregnancy, you may continue to feel tired because of the extra weight you are carrying. As your belly grows bigger it may be difficult to get a good night’s sleep as you will experience difficulty in lying down.

Lying on your back may be uncomfortable as your womb presses on one of the main blood vessels and you may make you feel faint.

It is advisable that you sleep on your side with your knees bent and try supporting your back with pillows,you can also put a pillow between your knees. By sleeping on your side shortness of breath will be reduced as the weight of the baby will not apply pressure to your large veins, which carry blood to your heart. Sleeping on your side is also good for your back. Try putting extra pillows to make you even more comfortable, especially if you have pain in your lower back.

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