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That a pregnant woman should be extremely conscious of her diet is stating the obvious. But of the foods we consider healthy or nutritious, some could be detrimental to the foetus. Particularly in the first trimester of pregnancy when the growth of the embryo is fully dependent on the diet the mother maintains. There are several foods that are abortion inducing. For instance, there are many old wives’ tales which say if you have an unwanted pregnancy you can eat these foods in the initial three months. This was before abortion became common. Now, if you are an expecting mother and have been taking extra care of your diet, make sure you steer clear of the foods that can cause miscarriage.
Today we talk about 12 foods that cause miscarriage in early pregnancy, and should be avoided at any rate by a would-be mother.
Pineapple is the top contender in this category. It is one of the top foods that can cause miscarriage, and the moment you test positive for pregnancy you are asked by your doctor to go off this juicy tropical fruit. Pineapple is particularly dangerous in the first trimester of pregnancy because it is rich in a component called bromelain that can soften the cervix and lead to uterine contractions. This can lead to a simultaneous abortion.
After pineapple, your doctor will tell you to go off papaya. This is also because papaya is an abortion inducing food, and if your pregnancy is a planned one then you must go nowhere near this fruit. The reason for this is papaya, otherwise a healthy fruit, is made up of enzymes that can lead to uterine contractions. This can lead to miscarriage in early pregnancy.
3. Aloe vera juice
Of course, what woman doesn’t know of aloe vera skincare values. But when it comes to nourishment during pregnancy, you must stay off it. Aloe vera juice is a soothing health drink, but if you are pregnant this can cause pelvic haemorrhage which leads to miscarriage. Avoid adding aloe vera to your food too.
You love to add drumsticks to lentils or cook with its leaves and flowers, but if you are an expecting mother you should not consume anything from the drumstick tree. Drumsticks are among foods that can cause miscarriage. Though these are extremely healthy vegetables providing a generous dose of Vitamin A and C, potassium, iron and calcium, it has a component called alpha-sitosterol that is extremely dangerous to a pregnant woman. They can lead to uterine contraction which causes miscarriage.
You love the tangy, sweet taste of the juicy peach, but do you know it is dangerous for an expecting mother. The fine hair on the outer shell of the fruit can cause itching and irritation, it can also lead to bleeding in the uterus, and cause a simultaneous abortion. In early pregnancy a woman should avoid peaches.
Now you are a coffee person. You cannot miss the morning coffee for anything in the world. But if you are an expecting mother, try to drink coffee in moderation. This is owing to the fact that caffeine in coffee flushes out fluids from the body which can lead to a lack of calcium and make you dehydrated. While it is extremely imperative for a pregnant woman to drink lot of water, caffeine can give you withdrawal symptoms, lead to miscarriage or worse still preterm birth or low birth weight in the infant.
7. Tinned fish
Tinned fish, from tuna to salmon, may not be the best food for a pregnant women. Canned fish are among foods that can cause miscarriage because they could be contaminated with a bacteria called Listeria. They can lead to simultaneous abortion. Avoid going for smoked, tinned fish in the first trimester of your pregnancy.
8. Cold cuts
Like tinned fish, cold cuts, from salamis, sausages to frankfurters, may be contaminated with the Listeria bacteria, responsible for miscarriage. Listeria can pass through the placenta and infect the foetus which can cause blood poisoning, and miscarriage. If you are a pregnant mother, make sure you heat the meat once before eating to make this bacteria ineffective.
Litchi is a popular summer fruit and lot of us love gorging on its juicy, sweet white pulp. While litchi also makes for a good flavouring on cakes and oatmeal, it is not recommended to pregnant women. Litchi can heat up your system and can cause abdominal cramps, bleeding or even foetal derangement. It can cause miscarriage too. Best to avoid this ‘hot’ fruit if you are expecting.
10. Soft cheese
Generally pregnant women should steer clear of cheese particularly soft cheese such as feta, ricotta, cheddar. This is because such cheeses are made out of unpasteurised milk and they contain bacteria which is harmful for the foetus. These bacteria can lead to abortion. Pregnant women should go for cheeses made from fresh, pasteurised milk.
11. Canned fruit juice
E. Coli is rampant in canned fruit juices and best avoided by pregnant women. Go for fresh fruit juices instead. E.Coli can infect the foetus and lead to miscarriage. Avoid drinking canned juices, and if you must, check the label whether it is a pasteurised product or not.
12. Green tea
Did you know aside from being antioxidant inducing, green tea also contains approx 200 mg caffeine. Like coffee, excess of green tea can lead to termination of pregnancy. Even breastfeeding moms are advised to not take too much green tea as it trickles into the breast milk which the baby feeds on.
If you are a pregnant woman, we sincerely hope that you do not take any of the foods that can cause miscarriage, even by mistake. Take care of your health, and that of your baby’s.
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