Foods to Avoid Before Pregnancy

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Foods to Avoid Before Pregnancy

Knowing what foods to avoid before pregnancy can sometimes be just as important as knowing what you should avoid when pregnant.

You see, certain foods or minerals can stay in your system for an extended period of time. Because you are ‘priming’ your body to get pregnant, you must only eat healthy and nutritious foods.

By doing this, you will help to boost your fertility, reduce illness, and boost your energy levels.

Before you are pregnant, you should attain the mindset that you are eating as if you were pregnant.

Likely you will be pregnant for several weeks or even months before you may even know you are pregnant.

There are some foods to avoid before pregnancy as what you eat now can impact on you when pregnant and also your baby.

Avoid eating highly processed foods that provide little nutritious value.

But there are some foods (containing mercury) that can cause health problems for your baby once pregnant so now is the time to remove such foods from your diet.

Watch Out for Mercury!

Mercury is a heavy metal found in some fish that can be dangerous for you and your developing foetus. The problem with mercury is that it accumulates in the body over time.

Therefore, it is vital that you reduce or completely remove fish from your diet which may contain mercury. You will want to reduce eating fish that is potentially high in mercury at least several months before you start trying to get pregnant.

Fish to Avoid:

• Shark (flake often found in fish and chip shops).

• Billfish such as broadbill, swordfish and marlin.

• Orange roughy such as sea perch.

• Catfish

What else to Avoid:

• Alcohol

• Caffeine

• Highly processed foods.

• Foods high in sugar.

• Foods high in sale.

Foods to Avoid Before Pregnancy

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Kerryn Boyle
Kerryn is a Prenatal Exercise Specialist who teaches pregnancy classes in Melbourne Australia. Kerryn has over 10 years of extensive experience in women’s health, fitness and well-being specialising in prenatal and postnatal exercise. Kerryn’s areas of expertise includes providing women with safe diastasis recti exercises to help heal abdominal separation. Kerryn holds a Bachelor Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, is a qualified Prenatal Pilates Instructor.