Fish During Pregnancy – Bacteria in Foods – There Are Safer Choices
Other fishes are safer choices; try fresh water fish options: trout or catfish.
Raw shell fish during pregnancy, like oysters, are also on the do not eat list, but not because of mercury content. These delights on the half shell can contain the toxin vibrio. This bacteria can cause massive amounts of diarrhea which can lead to dehydration, low amniotic fluid levels, preterm labor and early delivery.
Sushi, especially those delights containing raw fish, contains both parasites and bacteria.
You should always cook fish to an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
If you have to have to get your sushi fix select varieties made with smoked fishes and be careful to ensure that your pieces are not prepared on the same surfaces as the raw fishes.
Can’t do without your bagel and a schmear? Don’t worry: cream cheese or neufchatel is just fine. Unless you are Rocky, you probably don’t make a habit of consuming raw eggs, so the next admonition to cease and desist the consumption of uncooked eggs may, at first blush seem like no problem.
Remember however that cookie dough, eggnog, cake batter and even soft or undercooked eggs all fall under the heading of ’raw’.So until Jr. makes his appearance to the other side you can practice baking those cookies before you eat them because raw eggs can be contaminated with salmonella.
Unpasteurized milk contains toxins like campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella. The pasteurization process kills these germs.
Be especially careful with herbs: these are sold in pill, tea or tincture form. Billed as health supplements, herbs have very real effects on the body and aren’t always beneficial when mixed with pregnancy.
Caffeine, whether from coffee or tea or even massive amounts of chocolate, can cause your baby to be born with a low birth weight.
Low birth weight babies are more susceptible to infection, serious illness and respiratory problems.
Artificial sweeteners, especially saccharine, can cross the placenta and builds up in fetal tissues.
As odd as it may seem, it is actually better for moms to be to eat real sugar while pregnant instead of trying to cut daily calorie count by eating treats made with low calorie artificial sweeteners.