May 28, 2013
There are many things during pregnancy that stress women out; what-to-eat and what-not-to-eat are two of them.
Food safety during pregnancy is important as pregnant women are vulnerable to food-borne infections, owing to the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy.
Experts advise a balanced diet along with food safety so as to ascertain healthy pregnancy and streamlined growth of the foetus. Food-borne illnesses can adversely affect the mother and the unborn child. Although, the hormonal changes are necessary for foetus’ growth, they suppress the mother’s immune system, thus increasing the risk for infection from certain food-borne pathogens.
The following behaviours will ensure the safety of the food you eat.
Alcohol: Studies have associated drinking alcohol during pregnancy with miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and foetal alcohol syndrome. A mom-to-be should better abstain from alcoholic beverages during pregnancy.
Caffeine: The excessive consumption of caffeine may affect pregnancy, increasing the risk of miscarriage and premature birth.
Smoking: Smoking elevates the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, respiratory problems and SIDS. As there is no safe level of smoking, pregnant women are advised to kick the habit.
Food-borne diseases are a plenty and to know which one may be crawling up to your plate is difficult to tell. Therefore, if you want yourself and your baby safe, make sure that you eat the right food and one is that is well-cooked. Consult a dietician for a close-up on what will suit your body the best.
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