Can You Eat Limes When You're Pregnant?

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Limes and citrus fruits are safe to eat during pregnancy. It's natural to get cravings for these fruits -- even if you were never too fond of them before. Actually, BabyCenter recommends fruits as an essential part of a healthy pregnancy diet. While limes are not on the list, you should avoid some foods while pregnant. Consult a doctor before changing your diet.

Avoid Raw Meat

The American Pregnancy Association warns expectant mothers to avoid raw or undercooked meat, including sushi. The risk of bacteria or salmonella poisoning makes consuming raw meat during pregnancy too risky for the baby, so order all meat well done until the little one finally arrives. This includes eggs, which should not be eaten in their raw or "runny" form.

Stay Away from Some Fish

“Parents” magazine suggests avoiding some types of fish while pregnant, as some fish contain higher mercury levels than others. Mercury can harm an unborn child. Tilefish, swordfish and shark are three of the main fish to avoid. Since they tend to live longer, they collect more mercury in their system than fish with shorter life spans.

Caffeine

Caffeine may be linked to some miscarriages, advises the American Pregnancy Association, which suggests avoiding large amounts of caffeine. Soda, coffee and energy drinks all tend to contain caffeine -- a diuretic that rids you of body fluids, resulting in water and calcium loss, which could harm the unborn baby. Avoid these drinks -- or limit caffeine intake to 200 milligrams daily -- to stay safe.

Alcohol

Avoid alcohol at all costs while pregnant. Alcohol can affect your unborn baby’s development in the uterus, and drinking while pregnant can lead to miscarriage, birth defects or low birth weight. Avoid all alcoholic beverages for the healthiest baby possible.

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