OK loves, so from the very beginning of learning of this pregnancy, one of the first things that crossed my mind was “Oh lord, now theres so much I can’t do and can’t eat”! There’s so much I’ll have to change, and so many things I’ll have to start eating more of for the baby! Here go my workouts, and all the things I love…well, so I thought initially. At my first doctors appointment to discuss the pregnancy, my doctor gave me a list of things to avoid, and some of the items definitely shocked me. I was shocked not because they were all items that I love or eat regularly, but I was shocked because I had no idea that some food items could be potentially hazardous to my baby. Eating for the baby is step 1 for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Now that I’m a few months in, it feels like I’m learning more and more about the body, how its changing now with a growing baby, and more things that I shouldn’t be consuming. AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!! Ok here’s a list I’ve compiled so far of things to avoid while pregnant…let me know if there’s something I’ve missed or if there’s something that’s shocking to you!
- Smoking (DUH)
- Drinking (Not a problem at all)
- Unpasteurized Juice (wait….I LOVE JUICE)
- Deli Meats (I’m pescetarian so this is easy)
- Raw Meats
- Raw Sprouts
- Unripe Papaya (Huh?)
- Buffet foods (Ummm…ok)
- Raw Oysters and Fish (No Sushi)
- Fish with Mercury (Bye Salmon and Tuna…although I was told to eat Salmon in SERIOUS moderation)
- Raw Eggs (No more cookie dough or licking the spoon while baking)
- Soft Cheeses
- Unwashed Produce (I’m a germaphobe, so I wash EVERYTHING)
That’s it for now. I’m sure there’s more I can add to this list, and there are studies all over the place that would make this list a million times longer. This is just a list from my Doctor! And again, most of these items aren’t difficult for me to eliminate from my diet…it’s just an initial shock to know what could harm the baby!