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12 Foods that are super dangerous for your pregnancy

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Coffee and Energy Drinks

The studies of the effects of caffeine during pregnancy aren’t conclusive but they all have a negative tendency.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women avoid consuming more than 200 mg of caffeine per day. Any more than that and it could lead towards miscarriage, low birth weight or stillbirth.

Although the evidence isn’t yet conclusive, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

For high-risk pregnancies, however, the risk can be greater depending on your condition. Caffeine raises your blood pressure and heart rate, so if you have developed pre-eclampsia in a previous pregnancy, have a history of high blood pressure, or are at risk of developing pre-eclampsia, you shouldn’t drink caffeine at all.

Unripe Papaya

If the outer skin of the papaya is green (or greenish), it makes it another item on the list of foods to avoid when pregnant.

Ripe papayas are a great source of vitamins. But unripe papayas are especially dangerous for pregnant women and those who are at risk of developing a high-risk pregnancy.

Unripe papayas contain pepsin called papain. Which does wonders to the digestive system! But, if you’re pregnant the risks overcome the benefits.

Papain causes a reaction in the body that is similar to what happens when doctors administer prostaglandins to promote labor. It can cause contractions and lead to miscarriage or preterm labor. It also weakens membranes that are vital to the fetus.

Trans Fats

Trans fats are everywhere. So they are difficult to avoid (but so worth it!)

They are linked to heart diseases and affect brain function. This isn’t only one of the foods to avoid when pregnant, it’s also one of the foods to avoid in your daily diet.

If a pregnant woman consumes trans fats, they can allocate in the baby’s brain cells. Incipient studies have started gathering evidence that trans fat can cause memory problems, hyperactivity, and emotional issues.

Additionally, it’s linked to cardiovascular diseases and may affect negatively your blood pressure.

This hidden poison has a negative effect that’s completely opposite to those omega 3 fatty acids, which boost brain development.

Try to limit your consumption of trans fats as low as possible. During pregnancy and lactation, and, if you can, to your regular daily diet.

Your body will thank you.

Sugar

For non-high-risk pregnancies, eating sugar is risky. But, for high-risk pregnancies, it’s downright dangerous.

Eating sugar may…

  • Promote the development of the fatty liver.
  • Contribute to baby’s low birth weight (due to Intrauterine Growth Restriction.)
  • Increase the risk of gestational diabetes.
  • Cause unborn babies to be prone to metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
  • Contribute to increasing the risk of pre-eclampsia.
  • Increase the risk of heart diseases in your unborn baby’s lifespan, and…
  • May cause preterm delivery.

Straight to the point: Avoid sugar like the plague!

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