doctor my wife is 2 months pregnant. I got her diet chart made from an expert dietician. She follows that. It is a good nutrition chart that has so many fruits, vegetables, pulses, green tea and all those healthy kinds of foods in it. but, wt do u have to say about foods that should be avoided? Any recommendations for pregnant women about what they cannot eat?
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Expectant mothers should limit their caffeine intake to not more than one cup of coffee per day. Mercury found in swordfish, king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, white tuna and tilefish can be harmful to the development of the baby’s brain and kidneys. Canned light tuna has lesser mercury and can be had safely during pregnancy. Alcohol is another dangerous substance that can enter a woman's blood and through the umbilical cord pass to the baby. Excessive alcohol during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders that are a group of conditions involving physical, learning and behavioral problems in babies. Pregnant women are also more exposed to two types of food poisoning - listeriosis and toxoplasmosis. The listeriosis infection can lead to stillbirth, preterm labor, miscarriage and illness/death of newborns, whereas toxoplasmosis infection can result in blindness and mental disability later in life if it passes to the child. Prevent listeriosis by avoiding unpasteurized or raw milk, and toxoplasmosis by avoiding raw or undercooked meat, eggs (soft cooked or poached eggs).

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