Foods to Avoid in Pregnancy

lizzie79 By lizzie79, 23rd Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Looking after yourself while you are pregnant is important to both you and your baby. One way of doing this is by avoiding certain foods.


Maintaining a healthy diet is an important part of staying healthy. This is particularly the case when you are pregnant. Not only does your body have additional health needs during this time, you also have the health of another person to take responsibility for. Here is some guidance for expectant parents on the foods that they should avoid while pregnant and the reasons that they should be avoided.

Undercooked or Raw Eggs

Undercooked and raw eggs may carry salmonella. Making sure that eggs are fully cooked reduces the risk of contracting salmonella. Homemade mayonnaise also contains raw eggs, as do several other sauces, so these should be avoided. Stress can lead to the body having difficulty fighting off infections. For those at risk of gum disease, stress can contribute to both getting gum disease and being able to fight the infection.

Some Cheeses

Cheese is a staple ingredient in many people’s diet. It is good to know that not all cheeses need to be avoided s hard cheese is fine. Blue veined cheese, mould ripened soft cheese and some cheeses with rind, such as Camembert, should be avoided. This is because they carry a bacteria called listeria. These bacteria can cause a rare illness called listeriosis and this is potentially harmful to your baby. Even if the mother only experiences a mild form of the illness, there is a risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or severe illness in a newborn baby.

Raw Meat

During pregnancy, particular care should be taken to cook all meat thoroughly. Meats which are a particular risk include sausages, mince and all poultry. Beef and lamb are generally fine as long as the meat is sealed on the outside.

Liver and Vitamin A

Too much Vitamin A can cause harm to your baby. At worst, too much Vitamin A can lead to brain damage and spinal defects. All liver products contain too much Vitamin A. This includes pate, which also carries the risk of listeria. Any supplements that contain Vitamin A should also be avoided.

Some Fish and Shellfish

Some fish carry high levels of mercury. This is linked to damage to the baby’s nervous system. There are some fish that should be avoided altogether and some that should be limited. Fish such as shark, marlin and swordfish should be avoided altogether. Oily fish, such as fresh tuna, salmon, trout and mackerel should be limited to two portions a week. Tinned tuna is fine. Harmful bacteria and viruses in raw shellfish can cause illness in both mother and baby. All shellfish should be thoroughly cooked.


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I am a mum of four who has worked as a professional freelance writer for the past five years and formerly worked in education. I love to write about education, parenting, fashion, health, and travel.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
25th May 2014 (#)

I love cheese but stuck to cheddar and asked for the meats to be well cooked. Survived with Smoked Salmon and in fact about 1 kg in three days and honestly turned out fine. Had lost of dry fruits and milk and it all helped my little one who is now eight years of age.
Never touched eggs though and still don't as I don't like runny yolks.
Facts, I would go natural any day...

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