When it comes to pregnancy, it is very crucial to have the knowledge of what to not eat more than what to eat. There are many food items that are ideal for consumption during this period but there are also many that you must avoid when you're expecting. This is also the phase when you're mostly at home and so you should make sure you're eating everything healthy while you're at it.
- Unpasteurized juices: Vegetables and fruits that are turned into fresh juices like orange and apple cider are a big no since they have potential bacteria like E. coli. Hence, always make sure you look for the term 'pasteurized" on the label before you buy any sort of veggie or fruit juice.
- Raw milk and soft cheese: Dairy in general, especially soft cheeses like feta, blue cheese and mozzarella and milk needs to be checked by their labels for pasteurization even though there are many states that have strict laws on selling raw milk. Pasteurization is a process where the products are rather treated with heat in order to kill harmful bacteria.
- Eggs: It's very important to avoid eating undercooked eggs for pregnant women as they are often included in sauces and raw dough. Egg whites and yolks should be cooked through and not left runny to kill bacteria.
- Foods high in sugar: Pregnant women should always make sure of not consuming foods that have added sugars like cakes, cookies, pies, candies as well as beverages like juices, energy drinks and sodas. Consumption of a lot of sugar can increase a pregnant woman's risk for gestational diabetes.