Pregnancy is a magical, crazy, and sometimes weird ride. There are the increasing doctors visits and an increasing waistline. There are odd rounds of morning sickness, new aversions to foods you normally love, and cravings for random foods. For me I suddenly could not handle the smell or taste of chocolate! Luckily that passed after the first trimester. There are times of insomnia and times of total exhaustion when you’re sure you’ll never make it past 3:00pm without a nap.
During all these changes a healthy and safe diet is so important. While eating for two doesn’t really mean you need to eat double the calories, it does mean you need to keep your health and your baby’s health in mind when you make your food choices. Not only is it important to know what foods are healthy sources of nutrients, part of making healthy choices is knowing what foods to avoid when you’re pregnant.
Foods to Avoid During Pregnant
Unpasteurized Cheeses – Stay clear of cheeses made with unpasteurized milk to avoid listeria – and therefore possible food poisoning that could cause pregnancy complications. Cheese that is not imported and made with pasteurized milk is generally fine so read labels carefully.
Cold Cuts, Deli Meats, Hot Dogs, and Smoked Fish – All of these foods could be contaminated with listeria. If you simply must have a hat dog, deli sandwich, or some smoked salmon make sure the meat or hot dog is heated to steaming to ensure harmful bacteria is killed.
Fish High in Mercury – This includes shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. Canned, chunk light tuna should only be eaten in moderation because while it has mercury it is usually a lower amount of mercury than other tuna.
Raw Eggs, Meat, and Shellfish – When properly cooked eggs, and meat are great sources of protein but when under cooked or left raw may be contaminated with salmonella or other bacteria.
Alcohol – There is no amount of alcohol thought to be safe for consumption during pregnancy. Alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy.
Unpasteurized Milk and Fruit Juices – Drinking unpasteurized beverages such as milk and fruit juices puts you at risk for infection from serious bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, and listeria.
This list is for informational purposes only, as always, you should consult your doctor for up to date information.
Are there any foods you were surprised to hear you should not eat during pregnancy?