Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Here are some foods that you should avoid when you are pregnant:

Raw Meats and Seafood including sushi – because they are uncooked sushi and raw meats increase your chances of contracting listeria and salmonella poisoning.

Deli meats including hot dogs – these deli meats might be contaminated with listeria bacteria, which may result in miscarriage or even a stillbirth. It’s safe to eat deli meats if you reheat them until they are steaming hot.

Refrigerated smoked seafood – again there is the risk of listeria contamination. It is safe if they are contained in cooked dishes. Canned and shelf-stable versions are safe to eat.

Raw eggs – raw eggs may contain salmonella. Some Caesar salad dressings, mayonnaise, homemade ice cream and custards as well as Hollandaise sauces may be made with raw eggs. It is best to check with your server in a restaurant; if in doubt, it is best to avoid it. In addition, unpasteurized eggnog should be avoided.

Fish high in mercury – Canned tuna and most other fish contain some amount of toxic mercury. The FDA warns against eating high-mercury fish such as Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel and Tilefish. Also limit fish intake to no more than 2 servings per week.

Soft cheese – avoid the following soft cheeses: Feta, Brie, and Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses, queso blanco, queso fresco and Panela. They are safe to eat if they are labeled pasteurized.

Refrigerated pâtes or meat spreads – for the same reason of listeria contamination. It is safe to eat the canned or shelf-stable versions.

Liver – liver is a rich source of iron. However it contains a high level of Vitamin A. Large amounts of Vitamin A can be harmful to the baby.

Unpasteurized milk and juice

Alcohol – many documented fetal abnormalities and birth defects have been associated with alcohol use during pregnancy.

Caffeine – is a stimulant found in colas, coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, and some over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Consumed in large quantities, caffeine can cause irritability, nervousness and insomnia as well as low birth-weight babies.