Foods to avoid during pregnancy

fruits to avoid during pregnancy

In India, the nutrition of pregnant women is influenced by family, food fads, customs, taboos, religion and cultural beliefs. While it is common knowledge that pregnant woman should eat a nutritious diet to help normal baby growth and development, there also are the concepts of “hot foods,” “cold foods” and “sour foods” that are to advised be avoided. These include but are not restricted to pineapple, papaya, egg, fish, millet, brinjal, groundnut, jaggery, saffron, sesame seeds and ladyfinger.

Foods to avoid during pregnancy

Here are some of the more common foods that are avoided in the first trimester –

  • Papaya: Most elders in the Indian household will deter a pregnant woman from eating papaya during pregnancy for fear of miscarriage. However, there is a bit of misconception here. A fully ripe papaya has no health risks associated with it whatsoever. But unripe or semi-ripe papaya could be unsafe in pregnancy. It has been found that green papaya contains rather high concentrations of latex – a milky liquid that produces marked uterine contractions.
  • MSG: Though generally considered safe, it may cause problems in a person sensitive to MSG and research is being conducted on the safety of MSG in pregnancy and potential side effects on the growing fetus. Therefore, it might be a good idea to avoid it.
  • Soft cheeses: India is not big on cheese. But if you are one of those gourmet cheese eaters, you should avoid unpasteurized cheeses like brie, camembert, roquefort, feta, and gorgonzola.
  • Some kinds of fish and meat: India isn’t great on raw fish or deli meats. But in case you’re visiting a foreign country, you should avoid uncooked fish and meats. The listeria that could affect these cuts can cause brain damage in your unborn baby.
  • oiled eggs – Eggs that aren’t pasteurized can pose serious salmonella risks to the unborn baby. Eat only fully cooked eggs and avoid soft-boiled eggs and meringue (raw eggs)