Pregnancy requires commitment and care, and when it comes to eating, a few guidelines are crucial. While food cravings may drive you to indulge in a variety of meals, the medical team at Oswego County OB-GYN in Oswego and Fulton, NY, suggests avoiding several foods. Doing so will keep you and your baby in the best health, and—when coupled with dedicated care from your obstetricians and midwives—help your pregnancy progress as safely and smoothly as possible.
3 Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy
1. Raw Eggs
While eating a raw egg might not seem tempting, snacking on sweets that contain them can. Cookie dough, custard, eggnog, chocolate mousse, and other desserts all count raw eggs as an ingredient, and as a result, may contain salmonella. Cooked eggs are fine to eat, as well as products with pasteurized eggs, which most restaurants use. Play it safe by always asking, and when in doubt, cook any dish that includes eggs to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Soft Cheeses
While authentic Brie, feta, and queso fresco are all delicious, they may contain E. coli or listeria, which can cause miscarriages. Imported soft cheeses usually aren’t made with pasteurized milk and should be avoided. Any exotic cheeses made domestically—although not authentic—are usually made with pasteurized milk and should be safe. Always check the labels when shopping and avoid unmarked foods at social gatherings or outings.
Fish with high levels of mercury can be difficult to detect, especially in sushi rolls. When raw, large doses of mercury can have a detrimental effect on your fetus. The safest bet is also to avoid any cooked fish that may contain high mercury levels. Swordfish, king mackerel, and shark are a few examples also most fish caught in Lake Ontario have high mercury levels. Canned fish like tuna is safer to eat, but it’s always best to avoid a dish if you can’t be certain.
Your diet has an immense effect on your pregnancy, and the proper precautions can do wonders for you and your baby. The Staff at Oswego County OB-GYN can offer advice along the way, and ensure you’re taking every step possible to keep yourself and your baby in good health. Call (315) 343-2590 today to schedule an appointment with an obstetrical provider, and visit their website to learn more about their women’s health services.