Types Of Food To Avoid When Pregnant

When pregnant whatever you eat is shared with your growing baby. Some food, and food poisoning, might not be harmful to you but might affect the baby.

Pregnant women should have a healthy, balanced diet to provide proper nutrition for the little one.

Mothers-to-be should also stay away from junk food as much as possible and any other unhealthy meal that they might have grown used to.

Below are foods to avoid:

Meats

  • Cold cuts, deli meats, hot dogs, and other ready-to-eat meats. (You can safely eat these if they are heated to steaming and served hot.)
  • Pre-stuffed, fresh, turkey or chicken
  • Steak tartare or any raw meat
  • Rare cuts of meat and undercooked meats
  • Refrigerated pates or meat spreads. (Canned and shelf-safe meat spreads are OK.)

Fish

  • Locally caught bluefish, pike, salmon, striped bass, trout, and walleye
  • King mackerel, shark, swordfish, and tilefish, which have high levels of mercury
  • Smoked cod, smoked salmon or lox, smoked mackerel, smoked trout, smoked tuna, and smoked whitefish, or other smoked fish
  • Sushi or any raw fish or raw shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels)

Eggs

  • Raw eggs
  • Raw cookie dough. (It has raw eggs in it.)
  • Caesar salad dressing, bearnaise sauce, hollandaise sauce, mayonnaise, and any homemade dressings and sauces made with raw eggs
  • Mousse, meringue, tiramisu, and any homemade desserts made with raw eggs

Milk and Cheese

  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Any cheese made from unpasteurized milk. (Very few cheeses made from raw milk are sold in the U.S. But some are, so always check the labels. Soft cheeses such as brie, blue cheese, feta, panela, queso blanco, and queso fresco are more likely than hard cheeses to be made from raw milk.)

Fruits and Veggies

  • Store-bought fresh-squeezed or any unpasteurized juice
  • Unwashed fruits and vegetables
  • Raw sprouts
  • Unripe papaya

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