Pregnancy is an exciting time, one that comes with tons of research and new information! When you’re expecting, the health of your baby is your number one priority. Choosing the best foods can be difficult without the right information. Below is a list of what foods to avoid when pregnant, so you’ll know you’re eating the best foods for the health of you and your baby.
- Raw and undercooked fish may contain bacteria and viruses and should not be consumed during pregnancy.
- Local fish may be contaminated by pollutants in the water, so it is important to pay attention to local fish consumption advisories.
- Shellfish may contain parasites and bacteria and should be avoided during pregnancy if not cooked properly.
- Shark, Swordfish, Tilefish and King Mackerel contain large amounts of mercury, a chemical that is unsafe during pregnancy.
- Other cooked fish are safe to eat in moderation. The FDA recommends up to 12 ounces or 2 servings per week for pregnant women.
- All meats should be cooked fully to kill harmful bacteria that may cause a serious infection.
- Processed meat, including hot dogs, and meat spreads may be contaminated with Listeria, a bacteria which can cause miscarriage and stillbirth.
- Raw eggs may contain Salmonella, a bacteria which can cause a gastrointestinal illness.
- Any unpasteurized milk or cheese may contain harmful bacteria which can cause a serious infection and should not be eaten while pregnant. Examples of unpasteurized cheeses include Feta, Brie, Camembert, and Blue cheese. All other pasteurized dairy is safe to consume during pregnancy.
- Not all veggies are safe during pregnancy! Sprouts, including Alfalfa, Clover, Radish and Mung bean may trap bacteria and should be avoided, even if cooked.
- Rinse your vegetables thoroughly and avoid prepackaged salad.
- All caffeine does not have to be avoided. You are allowed one caffeinated beverage per day during your pregnancy!
- No amount of alcohol has been proven to be safe while pregnant, therefore it’s best not to consume any alcohol during your pregnancy You should also refrain from drinking while breastfeeding. If you consumed alcohol before you knew you were pregnant consult your healthcare provider.
This should give you a good idea of what foods to avoid when pregnant. If you’re still unsure about a few foods or what more information, speaking with your doctor can lift a huge weight off your shoulders. If you want to know more about what foods you SHOULD be eating while pregnant, check out our article “Pregnancy Superfoods: What To Eat When Pregnant.”