Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

With so many conflicting sources, it can be confusing to know what food items are healthiest to eat during pregnancy. At Associates in Women’s Health of the Mahoning Valley, we strive to educate our prenatal patients so they can feel confident about the food they consume.

While pregnant, dairy products, legumes, eggs, broccoli, leafy greens, and berries are all fantastic food choices. The dairy products, legumes, and eggs help to provide you with the extra protein needed during pregnancy. Leafy greens and berries offer many important nutrients, such as Vitamin C.

For your quest to consume healthy food choices during pregnancy, it’s important to note the food items that you should avoid. Raw meat, eggs, and shellfish can be contaminated with salmonella, along with fish that have high levels of mercury. Smoked seafood, deli meat, unpasteurized dairy, and soft cheeses are other food items that can contain listeria which can be life-threatening to your baby.

It’s always important to consult with Dr. Hill during your first trimester of pregnancy to review healthy eating habits during pregnancy and any other restrictions that he may suggest for the health of you and your baby. Dr. Hill will be along your side throughout your pregnancy journey through the birth of your baby! Ready to book your prenatal appointment? Book online and choose a time that is convenient for you. We are an OBGYN open on weekends with Saturday appointments available!

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