Pregnancy is the most emotional stage for every expecting mother, and no woman will take any chance with her child's health. A mother's body goes through many changes, and she must ensure to eat healthy foods for pregnancy.
However, certain foods like papaya, pineapple, crabs, eggs, mercury-rich fish, etc. shouldn’t be consumed. That’s because these food items can trigger a miscarriage, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. Therefore, it is essential to avoid specific foods during pregnancy to prevent a miscarriage. And, in this article, we will discuss some of them. Read on to know more.
Pineapple contains bromelain, which softens the cervix and starts untimely labour contractions, resulting in a miscarriage. Pregnant women can take moderate amounts of pineapples during the early stages of pregnancy. When pineapple is consumed in heavy amounts (7 to 10 whole fruits), it might cause bleeding. Remember to consult your medical practitioner for more queries.
Pregnant women should consume sesame seeds in minimal amounts. Sesame seeds, whether black or white sesame seeds, when consumed along with honey, can cause trouble during early pregnancy.
Animal Liver is full of vitamin A. So, having it twice a month is not that harmful and does not cause miscarriage. But, if consumed in large quantities by pregnant women, it promotes a gradual accumulation of retinol which may adversely affect the baby’s health.
Aloe vera is known for its numerous health benefits. There are instances of pregnant women deliberately eating aloe vera during pregnancy. This is a wrong thing to do as aloe vera comprises of anthraquinones, a kind of laxative that induces contractions of the uterus and pelvic bleeding. This, in turn, leads to a miscarriage. That said, aloe vera gel, when applied to the face, is not unsafe during pregnancy.
Unripe papayas and green papayas have components that act as laxatives and bring on premature labour. Papaya seeds are also rich in enzymes that cause contraction of the uterus, resulting in a miscarriage.
Women need to exercise caution while consuming drumstick during pregnancy. It comprises alpha-sitosterol, which is detrimental to pregnancy. As drumstick is rich in iron, potassium and vitamins, it can be eaten in limited quantity.
Unpasteurised milk and gorgonzola, mozzarella, feta, and brie varieties of cheese possess disease-carrying bacteria like Listeria monocytogenes, which can be harmful to the pregnancy. Consuming such dairy products can lead to pregnancy complications.
According to research, caffeine, when consumed in moderation, is quite safe during pregnancy. Still, it is advisable for pregnant women to observe some restraint, as increased levels of caffeine during pregnancy can lead to a miscarriage or an underweight baby. Moreover, caffeine has a mild diuretic effect, so it should be consumed in limited quantities. Caffeine is not only present in coffee, but also in tea, chocolates and some energy drinks.
Pregnant women should be careful while consuming fish. Avoid varieties having high mercury content like king mackerel, orange roughy, marlin, shark, tilefish, swordfish, and bigeye tuna. Excessive mercury intake can adversely affect the baby’s developing brain and nervous system.
Raw eggs are a food that can cause miscarriage. Raw eggs contaminated with Salmonella bacteria can cause vomiting, fever, stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhoea. These symptoms can cause complications in pregnancy and can cause pregnancy.Raw eggs may also cause cramps in the uterus, leading to premature or stillbirth.
Sprouted potatoes contain higher levels of glycoalkaloids, which can have toxic effects in humans when consumed in excess. Eating sprouted potatoes during pregnancy may also increase the risk of birth defects.
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