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5 harmful drinks for pregnant women

There are many do’s and don’ts during pregnancy. Restrictions on food and drink are probably the toughest to take on board. Unfortunately, harmful drinks for pregnant women can sometimes be overlooked.

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Cutting out your favourite beverages may sound no fun, but it is with good reason. They can be dangerous to you and your baby. Some drinks are okay in moderation and other should be avoided completely. Here is a list of harmful drinks for pregnant women.

5. Unpasteurized milks or juices

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When buying fresh milk or juices, it’s important to ensure that these beverages have been pasteurized to prevent foodborne bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria. Pregnancy lowers the immune system, making food poisoning worse and potentially more damaging.

All milks sold in supermarkets are pasteurized, making milk low-risk. However, if you are a fan of the fruit juice stall in your local cafeteria, you might want to check its preparation methods. If you’re not sure of its hygiene standards, you might want to stick to squeezing your own fresh juice at home.

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Did you avoid these harmful drinks for pregnant women? Do you have any tips for other mummies-to-be? Share in the comments section below.

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