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Foods and Herbs to Stay Away From During Pregnancy

by: Milos Pesic

Ever since you spread the news of your pregnancy, you have probably been inundated with tons of well-meaning, but often unwanted pregnancy and parenting advice. While it may not all be bad, the only person's advice you should really heed is that of your doctor. One thing that he or she may have discussed with you at your first prenatal visit was the importance of eating a healthy diet, and the foods and herbs that are not safe for you to consume during your pregnancy.

One thing that you should definitely cross of your list is anything that contains alcohol. It may be difficult for you to do, especially if you are someone who enjoys a drink on a regular basis, but you really have to do it for the health of your baby, if no other reason. There is no clear indication of how much alcohol that you can safely consume during your pregnancy, which is why you should avoid it altogether; the risks are just too great. Your baby could be born with a mental defect, which could impact him or her for their entire lifetime, as well as other dangerous birth defects. It is simply not worth the risk, and is not too much to ask that you just forget about the alcohol, at least until your baby is born.

For most of us, one of the hardest things for us to give up is caffeine. Even for people who don't drink coffee, almost everyone drinks at least one caffeinated soda or glass of tea a day, and for many people, myself included, soda or tea is about all they do drink. When you are pregnant, all of that caffeine is definitely a no-no. Studies have shown a link between caffeine consumption and miscarriage, so even though it may be difficult, you do need to drastically cut down or stop drinking caffeinated beverages, at least for the duration of your pregnancy. It is okay to drink the occasional glass of soda, or coffee, but it really should only be limited to maybe one time a week, and it may not be a good idea even then.

Any food that could be contaminated with bacteria is typically a bad idea for pregnant women to eat. Eating foods with certain bacteria could cause miscarriage or birth defects in your unborn baby, which is a chance that you really shouldn't take. You should stay away from any un-pasteurized dairy products, any food that contains uncooked eggs, any kind of raw meat or fish, any food that has a large amount of mercury in it, particularly common in certain types of fish, un-pasteurized juices or ciders, all of which could be a potential hazard to the health of both the pregnant mother and unborn baby.

If you are someone who takes herbal supplements, there are many that you should stay away from during your pregnancy, including: barberry, basil oil, black and clue cohosh, clove oil, feverfew, juniper, mistletoe, pennyroyal, mugwort, sassafras, wild yam, wormwood, and pokeroot, just to name a few. To be on the safe side, you really should not take anything that is not given to you, suggested, or prescribed by your OB. If in doubt, call and ask before taking any medication or herb, for any reason.

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About The Author
Milos Pesic is an expert in the field of Pregnancy and Fertility and runs a highly popular and comprehensive Pregnancy web site. For more articles and resources on Pregnancy and Fertility related topics, early Pregnancy Symptoms, Infertility Treatments and much visit his site at: http://pregnancy.need-to-know.net/
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