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Foods You Should Avoid When Pregnant

By Sara Butler

When pregnant, a lot of people think about what they should eat to keep their bodies healthy and strong. But it's also important to think about what you shouldn't eat when you've got a bun in the oven. Here are a few foods you should dodge when pregnant.

Juices That Aren't Pasteurized

It's simple to turn a fruit or a vegetable into a juice, but imbibing them when you're pregnant is a big no-no. That's because bacteria such as E. coli can be in juices that aren't pasteurized -- meaning that they've been heated to kill any bacteria that may be in it. It's probably best to drink tea or water to stay hydrated when you're pregnant.

Raw Seafood

Sushi lovers, you'll have to wait nine months before you indulge. It should come as no surprise that any type of raw seafood such as sushi, seared tuna, ceviche, and oysters need to be avoided. Give any smoked seafood such as smoked salmon a pass, too. Shellfish can cause foodborne illness more than any other type of food, so make sure it's cooked before you eat it if you're pregnant. Just be careful which type of seafood you choose, as swordfish and king mackerel are not considered safe during pregnancy either, even when cooked. They contain high levels of mercury.

Deli Meat

If you love a good club sandwich, you'll need to give it a pass when pregnant. Bologna, roast beef, ham, and any other processed deli meat can be a source of listeria, which can cause an infection that can be passed to your unborn baby. Even things such as hot dogs will need to be heated to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill listeria that can make you sick. But you may want to give hot dogs a pass, too -- they're not a healthy choice with corn syrup, saturated fat, and sodium.

Foods High in Saturated Fat

Speaking of saturated fat, it's a good idea for pregnant women to limit foods high in saturated fat. That means cheese, butter, meats like beef, fried foods, and baked goods should be consumed in limited quantities. Some studies have shown that a diet high in fat during pregnancy can lead to unfavorable cardiac health in their baby.

If you ever have questions about the foods that are safe to eat when pregnant, talk to a trusted medical professional like the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Greenwood Village, Colo.

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