7 Foods to Avoid While Pregnant ...

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Pregnancy is the most important time in your child's life.

It's the time when all the parts that will make your baby who he will be are being developed.

It's vital that you keep yourself healthy and eat the right things to better your baby's development.

So, without further ado, here are 7 foods you should avoid while pregnant.

1. Deli Meat

As good as that sliced ham looks, deli meats are not the best idea to consume when pregnant.2

In fact, deli meats have been found to sometimes carry "listeria" which can cause a miscarriage.

It has the capability of crossing your placenta and reaching the baby, sometimes giving the baby food poisoning.

If you must eat deli meats, make sure to heat them up to kill off any bacteria.

2. Raw Meats

Meat, poultry and seafood all fall under this no-no.

By eating undercooked or raw meats, poultry and seafood you face the risk of being contaminated with coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella.

3. Shellfish

If you're going to eat shellfish, make sure they're cooked.

However, even cooked oysters, clams and mussels carry the possibility of algae related infections.

Shellfish are the number one cause of seafood-related illnesses, which is certainly not something you want to deal with while pregnant.

4. Soft Cheeses

Believe it or not, some cheese isn't even recommended for pregnancy.

Cheese that should be avoided during pregnancy are: Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, Feta, Gorgonzola and Mexican style cheeses that include queso blanco and queso fresco.

The only exception to this is even they specifically say that have been made with pasteurized milk.

The reason?

Imported cheese carries the same risk of "listeria" which can cause miscarriage.

For this same reason, you should avoid drinking unpasteurized milk as well.

5. Unwashed Veggies

While vegetables are wonderful to eat, especially while pregnant, you must take care in washing them completely before eating them.2

To do otherwise increases your chances of contracting toxoplasmosis.

This is the same parasitic infection that you can get while taking care of your cat's litter box.

If you contract this while pregnant, your baby is at risk as well.

Results can be as severe as mental retardation and brain calcification.

Don't take any chances - just wash your veggies before eating them!

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