First Trimester

6 Foods You Shouldn’t Eat While Pregnant

You’ve heard all about how your diet has to change now that you are pregnant, this includes what you eat and drink, eating foods that contain calcium, folic acid, chlorine, fibre and omega 3s is good for baby and you. But do you know the foods you should avoid when you are pregnant?

Here are the foods you shouldn’t eat while pregnant;

#1. Caffeine

While pregnant, taking a high dose of caffeine in coke, cocoa, tea and coffee increases the risk of a miscarriage. Experts advise that pregnant women take decaffeinated drinks especially during the first trimester of their pregnancy.

#2. Soft cheeses

Avoid soft cheese of any sort be it goat, cow or any other veined variety of soft cheese. This is because they may be contaminated with listeria (a bacteria that causes food poisoning) if unsterilized. Meanwhile, pregnant women have weak immune system which makes them prone to food-borne illness which if contracted during the first trimester can lead to birth defect or miscarriage.

#3. Deli Meat

Deli (sliced and cooked meat, chicken, sausage….) products might become contaminated with listeria if they’re not handled properly at the manufacturing plant or at the deli itself.

Whatever cooked meat you buy outside, microwave or refry it before eating so as to kill the bacteria. Cook pork, lamb or beef very well before eating.

#4. Fish

Fish is actually good as it contains omega 3 fatty acid, but, so many fishes contain mercury which is dangerous to baby’s brain development. And here are the list of fish high in mercury; swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, shark, and albacore tuna.

You can eat salmon and sardine though and no matter the kind of fish you want to eat, it should be well-cooked. Eat eggs, milk, soy beverages, juice, yogurt, bread, cereal, and margarine which are fortified with omega-3s.

#5. Eggs

Don’t avoid egg totally but eggs contaminate easily with salmonella, buy refrigerated eggs and any egg with cracked or unclean shells should be thrown out. And do not eat raw eggs.

#6. Alcohol

I’m sure you know that taking alcohol during pregnancy is not safe, excessively or minutely alcohol isn’t good for you when pregnant. Immediately you drink, it goes straight to the placenta, your baby drinks too. Women who drink frequently have a high chance of giving birth to children with mild or severe learning disabilities, physical abnormalities, and disorders of the central nervous system.


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Early Signs That You Might Be Pregnant

Most women don’t suspect or think they are pregnant until they notice that they have missed their menstrual period, but even before then there would have been some signs that you are pregnant.

Pregnancy symptoms begin at 4 weeks. Normally you get your period about 4 weeks from the start of your last period, but if you’re pregnant, the clearest sign at this point is a missed period. Many women still feel fine at 4 weeks, but others may notice sore breasts, fatigue, frequent urination, and nausea. Since every woman is different they have different symptoms during pregnancy.

And some of the earliest signs that you are pregnant include:

  • Shortness of Breath -You might be begin to notice that the normal distance that you would normally take has suddenly become a chore.
  • Sore Breasts – you would probably begin to notice that your breast feel tender and heavy. Pronounced veins and darkened areola are said to be the first sign that you are pregnant.
  • Fatigue – You would begin to get exhausted easily. This tiredness usually continues all through the first trimester and get better by the second trimester.
  • Nausea – For a lot of women nausea usually starts at the about 6 weeks but some might begin to feel nauseous from the 4th week of pregnancy and usually reduces by the second semester. Pregnant women are advised the manage the nausea by taking crackers and ginger tea.
  • Frequent Urination – You might begin to notice that your visit to the toilet has become more frequent than usual. This occurs are mainly because the blood flow to the woman’s kidneys increases. This increased urine production peaks by about 9 to 16 weeks of the pregnancy, then settles down.
  • Headaches – You might begin to notice that you are having headaches frequently this is usually as a result of the changes in hormones happening in your body. If you are pregnant it is advised that to handle the headaches you seek the advice of your doctor for safe painkillers to use.
  • Backaches – If you don’t normally have backaches, you might begin to notice that your back is sore. This happens because your ligaments are becoming loose and this would probably continue all through your pregnancy as your baby becomes bigger.
  • Cravings or Food Aversions – If you begin to crave or suddenly can’t stand some food that you eat normally it might be an early sign of pregnancy.
  • Constipation and Bloating – if you suddenly begin to feel constipated or bloated it could be a sign of pregnancy. It might be extra progesterone due to pregnancy, which slows down your digestive system.
  • Mood Swings – Most pregnant women go through different emotion mainly due to the increase of hormones. Some moms-to-be experience heightened emotions, both good and bad, while others feel more depressed or anxious.
  • Heightened Sense of Smell – If you are suddenly sensitive to different smell it might be because you are pregnant.
  • Dizziness – We have seen it in a lot of movies but its is actually based on reality. If you suddenly begin to feel dizzy it could be a sign that you are pregnant.
  • Spotting or Light Bleeding – It is usually earlier than normal and very light unlike your normal period. You may actually be experiencing implantation bleeding, where the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall and causes a little bloodshed.
  • Missed Period– This usually one of the most obvious signs of pregnancy and it is at this point that people begin to take note of the other symptoms they have been feeling. Missed period would only be noticed if the person’s period is usually regular.
  • Positive Pregnancy Test– This usually gives a more definite answer to whether you are pregnant or not and it can be done anywhere.

It is usually advised that after taking a home pregnancy test, you should also go to the hospital to take a blood test. Then if it comes out positive your doctor would be able to advise you on the next step to take to ensure a smooth pregnancy and safe delivery.


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