Meat consumed during pregnancy can increase the risk of parasitic or bacterial infection.
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Raw and undercooked meat can increase the risk of parasitic and bacterial infection in the unborn baby. Infectious organisms such as Salmonella, E.coli, Toxoplasma and Listeria can lead to neurological diseases in unborn babies and may also result in stillbirth, epilepsy, blindness or mental retardation. The bacteria or the parasite is found not only on the surface of the meat but may also be present in the muscle fibres.
A pregnant woman should eat for two during pregnancy.
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It is a myth that a pregnant woman is required to follow a diet for two as she not only needs to feed herself but her baby too. It is important to increase the calorie intake but that does not imply you increase the quantity of food unduly. During the first trimester you would not even want to eat more when you feel nauseated but it is recommended not to starve as that will affect the health of the child.
What is the most important dietary supplement prescribed during pregnancy?
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Folic acid supplement is prescribed both before and during the pregnancy. It is crucial for healthy neural tube development. So, Folic acid supplement mainly prevents the risk of birth defects like impaired brain and spinal cord health in babies.
Why are whole grains important during pregnancy?
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Whole grains are a rich source of fiber, vitamin B, iron, antioxidant E and selenium. The fiber rich whole grains prevent constipation and haemorrhoids during pregnancy along with maintaining the levels of nutrients and vitamins in the body.
Sushi is harmful during pregnancy.
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Yes Sushi is harmful during pregnancy because raw fish or undercooked fish may contain infection causing agents like Listeria, Salmonella, Vibrio and norovirus. These infections affect the pregnant mother. These agents may cause you to have a stillbirth, premature delivery, miscarriage etc.