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23rd Jul 2018

Nutritionist advises that pregnant women should avoid these three foods

Kate Hendrick

Foods to avoid

During pregnancy, your body can undergo a lot of changes and sometimes, this is a shock to the system.

As you mamas and mamas-to-be know eating healthily is key.

In saying that, it’s important to steer clear of certain foods. Even though many of these foods are good for you, they can irritate or harm your ‘mini-me’ during pregnancy.

You’re probably familiar with the obvious foods that are best to stay away from but below are a few that we were surprised by.

Founder of The Nutrition Suite, Juliana Shalek recently spoke to My Domaine about the foods you should dodge when you are pregnant. She said:

“I always tell my clients ‘what you eat, baby eats—so make it count!'”

Certainly not the most glamorous shot of myself but anyone who takes a good post-workout picture is using a good post-work out filter, if you know what I mean ? Anyway, I woke up on the complete wrong side of the bed this morning (like opposite side) and couldn’t seem to snap out of it. The last think I wanted to do was go to the gym but deep down I knew it would be a good thing. I don’t feel ? better (again, anyone who says one workout can completely eliminate every bit of stress in their lives is not being totally truthful), but it definitely helped (and I actually mean that!) Just taking one step in the right direction is so empowering (even a small step). And as the saying goes “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy…” you know the rest! Wishing you all a beautiful Thursday ?? #food4thought #endorphins #wellness

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Shalek also advised against mamas-to-be thinking that they are eating for two. She said expectant mothers should only increase their food intake in their second trimester.

So what are those foods?

Raw Sprouts

Stay clear of these, ladies. Raw sprouts have the ability to harbour bacteria in your body which isn’t a good thing when you are expecting.

The likes of e.coli, salmonella and listeria can make their way into the sprouts when they are growing.

If you do crave them, be safe and cook them first in the oven or on the frying pan.

Deli Meat

You may find yourself dying for a sandwich at lunchtime or maybe even at midnight when you have a little one on the way.

But if you are grabbing one over the counter in your local shop, don’t go for deli meat.

The sliced meat contains listeria bacteria that can cause food poisoning, and that’s the last thing you want.

Some brands that supply deli food do spray it with additives that hinders listeria, but mamas-to-be are still prone to contracting it even with the spray.

Mercury-rich fish

So raw fish is obviously a no-no when you are expecting, but so is fish that’s high in mercury. It can be harmful to your baby’s nervous system and brain.

This means avoiding king mackerel, swordfish and bigeye tuna.

If you are a fan of any of these, try switching them up for salmon, shrimp or cod which are all ok to eat.