nutrition-while-pregnantPregnancy makes you more vulnerable to illness, especially related to food. Eating properly is crucial to the proper growth and development of the baby. Deep greens and nutrient rich food should become staple items in your diet, as well as healthy fats and proteins. Alcohol and smoking should be avoided entirely. Consult a nutritionist for any additional help and with any and all questions. To avoid food and related illness, avoid the following foods when pregnant:

Eggs: Raw eggs are notorious for having salmonella, dangerous bacteria that can cause severe vomiting and fever and other symptoms that could be mistaken for flu and not treated properly. Cooked eggs are acceptable but any dressings or dishes with raw egg should be totally avoided.

Sushi: Raw fish contains potentially dangerous parasites and, aside from fully cooked sushi items, should be avoided entirely for the duration of pregnancy.

Juice: Juices that have not forgone any pasteurization, meaning that the bacteria and toxins may still be active and harmful should be avoided. Read labels carefully.

Fish: Fish can be extremely beneficial with omega-3 fatty acids, which can actually help with the baby’s brain development. This is a great choice, except for certain types and varieties. There are some contaminants found in swordfish, shark and tilefish that can negatively impact a baby’s nervous system. But some varieties should be shunned due to high levels of methyl-mercury, a pollutant that can affect baby’s nervous system. Mercury is also contained in some fish, a harmful element. Most fish actually does contain mercury so consumption should be monitored and limited. Two meals a week marks the maximum number of consumption and only 6 ounces of tuna should be consumed a week. Tuna should be consumed with caution as some canned tuna is not safe. Proper diet should not be underplayed during pregnancy.