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Diet Plan During Pregnancy

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MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, Fello In Gynae Endoscopy, Advance Training In Infertility
Gynaecologist, Delhi  •  13years experience
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Hello everyone!

I am Dr. Priyanka Mahawar and today I will tell you about what are the foods to be avoided in the pregnancy. As you know pregnancy is a vital period in a woman's life. As soon as you get pregnant there are many questions which come in the mind. What to eat? and what not to eat? So I will tell you some food which should be avoided during pregnancy so that you can decide your menu of the pregnancy. Coming to high-mercury fish. Mercury is a compound which causes damage to the nervous system, immune system and kidneys and it also causes developmental delay in children. So mercury is totally contra-indicated in pregnancy. It should be avoided.

The fishes which contain mercury include Shark, sword fish. king mackerel and tuna. The next thing is undercooked meat or raw meat which harbor many bacteria like E-coli, Salmonella typhi. The infection with these bacteria is life-threatening in pregnancy. So this undercook meat should be totally avoided. Only pasteurized eggs should be eaten in the pregnancy. Raw egg is sometimes contaminated with salmonella so it should be avoided. Caffeine is a compound which is present in the tea, coffee and soft drinks. Caffeine is absorbed very easily and through placenta, it goes to the foetus. It causes IUGR, stillbirth. Caffeine should not be taken up in the pregnancy. The maximum recommended amount of caffeine is 200 mg per day. More than that should be avoided.

The unpasteurized dairy product like milk, cheese, and paneer- all these things should be avoided. Raw sprouts should be avoided in the pregnancy as the humid environment which is required for making the sprouts also promote the growth of bacteria like salmonella in this. Only cooked sprouts are recommended during pregnancy raw sprouts should be avoided. There are few fruits which should also not be taken up during pregnancy. Papaya increases uterine contraction. pineapple which contains bromelain which ripens the cervix which also induces the premature delivery. the black grapes also should be avoided in the pregnancy. I hope that this will help you decide on what to eat and what not to eat during pregnancy.

Thank you!

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