In this fourth month of pregnancy, it is a time when your common symptoms of headaches, morning sickness, and mood swings gone, yet you may have food cravings.
Even though this second trimester is known to be comfortable among the 3 trimesters, but wisely choosing the foods you eat also very important.
This is the pregnancy phase where your baby needs most nutrients to grow, so increasing blood volume for baby to absorb the nutrients via your blood will happen.
So Before You Filled Your Stomach With Harmful Foods For Your Baby, Here Are The Foods You Should Avoid In This 4th Month Of Pregnancy.
1. Liquorice.Avoid from intake overdosing the black liquorice during pregnancy, because it has been shown to linked with lowering the IQs of the babies.
At worst, the liquorice contains chemicals that can trigger uterine contractions and leading to preterm labour, it is best you avoid foods containing liquorice.
2. Limit Consumption of Refined Flour.Also called as Maida in India, which is difficult to digest and that can leads to constipation and also causing haemorrhoids post-delivery.
Since it is a high glycaermeic index food, it can even raise your blood sugar levels causing you gestational diabetes, which is harmful to you and your baby.
So be sure to consume foods made from whole-wheat and limit or avoid refined flour.
3. Avoid Mercury Fish.High mercury level was related in damaging brain cell of foetus and causing mental retardation in babies.
This is why you should avoid high mercury ocean fish such as white tuna, king mackerel, and swordfish. But eating low mercury freshwater fish such as salmon or trout is safe.
4. Avoid Soft Cheese.Soft cheeses like Brie and Camembert can come with microorganisms such as bacteria or listeria, which can cause food poisoning in pregnant mother, thus affecting baby’s health and growth will happened.
To avoid the dangerous food poisoning, you must avoid soft cheeses and blue cheese, but you can only hard cheeses like Parmesan or Cheddar which is safe.
5. DO NOT Eat Raw Eggs.Raw eggs or any foods that contain raw eggs should be avoided because of the potential exposure to salmonella.
Salmonella poisoning will harm your baby indirectly by causing severe vomiting and diarrhoea, abdominal pain, headache & having high temperature.
6. DO NOT Eat Undercooked Meat.Under-cooked meat can harm your body via food poisoning; even at worse can lead to miscarriage.
Ranging from uncooked seafood, rare food, under-cooked beef, or under-cook poultry must be avoided because of the risk of contamination with coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella that can harm through food poisoning.
Deli meats also known can be contaminated with listeria, which can cause miscarriage to happen in pregnancy.
7. Avoid Pâté.Pâté is a mixture of cooked ground meat and fat in the form of a spreadable paste, also known to bring pregnant mom with the risk of listeria infection which can leads to miscarriage.
Thus, at best you should avoid pâté during pregnancy.
8. Limit Caffeine Level.Over dosage consuming the caffeine can increases your heart rate and can leads to nervousness, irritability and sleeplessness.
Over dosage of caffeine can also know to be causing harm to the baby and studies had shown the linked between over dosage of caffeine with miscarriages.
So, a pregnant woman is better to avoid or limit caffeine intake from products like coffee, tea and carbonated soda, to only 200 milligrams per day.
Tips To Follow At This 4th Month of Pregnancy.By drinking plenty of water during pregnancy can helps you to have a smooth digestion at around 2.3 Liters of water per day.
Be sure to limit from eating too much fried foods, spicy foods or even avoid foods that contain huge amounts of salt or sugar.
Also avoid from consuming too many sweets, since sugar at over dosage will cause gestational diabetes and unnecessary weight gain.
Do not take too much tea or coffee during having meals and iron supplements because the property found in it was known as tannins, can prevent iron from being absorbed by your body.
Even though this is a comfortable 4th month of pregnancy, but you also need to do light regular exercise, keep eating healthy food, stay calm and stress free at this period in order to ensure your baby growing healthily.
Also be sure to consult your doctor to seek advice before making any huge list of changes in your diet.