- Foods to Avoid
- Raw cheese, milk, and other dairy products - Listerosis can live on raw, unpasteurized dairy products, as well as lunch meat, and hot dogs. Listerosis can cause serious infection in the mother and in the unborn child. It can cause preterm labor, and still birth. Avoid eating any soft, raw cheese, raw milk, and any unpasteurized dairy products.
- Uncooked, or undercooked meat – You can protect yourself and your future baby from Toxoplasmosis (see above) as well as Listerosis, and other infections by completely cooking your raw meat, fiish, poultry, lunch meat and hot dogs.
- Tuna and game fish - contain high levels of mercury (a heavy metal) which is toxic to your nervous system and your baby’s nervous system. Avoid game fish, which are high in mercury, such as shark, swordfish, King mackerel, and tile fish. Limit tuna to 2 (3 oz.) servings per week
- Well water – If your home is supplied by well water, it is important to have your well water checked for quality by a professional, and to have paperwork that says your water is safe. There are a number of water contaminants that can affect you, your pregnancy, and your baby.
- Environmental Toxins - There are many toxins in the environment that are not healthy for you, and can cause serious harm to your baby before you even know you are pregnant.
is a heavy metal that can harm your baby’s nervous system that can cause miscarriage or still birth. You can be exposed to lead in the paint of your home if your home was built before 1979. Lead is also found in some craft projects, such as stained glass and jewelry making. If you think you may have been exposed to lead, talk to your doctor. Chemicals at home and work
- There are many chemicals that can harm your baby before you know you are pregnant. You can be exposed to chemicals by breathing them, through your skin, or by swallowing them. You are at a higher risk of chemical exposure if you work in these areas:
- • Lab
- • Hospital or clinic
- • Printing company
- • Dry cleaning
- • Manufacturing
- • Other jobs that expose you to chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, or herbicides
If you think that you may have been exposed to chemicals at your work, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may need to talk to an occupational medicine specialist to find out your actual risk of harm to you or your future baby.
Many of the dangerous chemicals found in the workplace can also be found in your home and other places. You should avoid harsh cleaning products, solvents, herbicides, and pesticides in your home. If you have a family member that works around chemicals, they should change out of their work clothes before coming into your home, because the chemicals can come into your home on their work clothes.