Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

Keep this checklist handy to help ensure that you and your unborn baby stay healthy and safe.

  • Deli Meats (AKA Cured Meats)

    Risk for listeriosis
    Listeria is very rare, however, the problem for pregnant women is they are more susceptible to get it and their developing babies are more vulnerable to serious complications.

  • Cantaloupe & Honeydew

    Risk for listeriosis
    Avoid during pregnancy

  • Unpasteurized and/or Soft Cheeses (IE Brie or Goat Cheese)

    May contain E. coli or Listeria
    Hard cheeses like cheddar and provolone are fine.

  • King Mackeral, Marlin, Orange Roughy, Shark, Swordfish, Tilefish (Gulf of Mexico), and Tuna (big eye)

    Contain high levels of mercury
    Avoid during pregnancy

  • Raw or Under-Cooked Fish (Sushi)

    May contain parasites or bacteria
    Pregnant women are advised to eat only cooked fish to avoid potentially harmful organisms.

  • Unpasteurized Fruit/Vegetable Juices

    May contain E. Coli
    Drink pasteurized juices

  • Unpasteurized Milk/Dairy Products

    May contain bacteria such as campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, or salmonella.
    Drink pasteurized milk.

  • Raw or Under-Cooked Sprouts, such as Alfalfa, Clover, Mung Bean, and Radish

    May contain E. coli or salmonella. Bacteria can get into sprout seeds through cracks in the shell; these bacteria are nearly impossible to wash out.
    Cook sprouts thoroughly.

  • Liver and Liver-Based Foods

    High levels of Vitamin A
    Avoid liver and liver products, such as liver pate and liver sausage.

  • Limit Herbal Products and Supplements, Except for Ginger

    The practitioner has no control over the strength or purity of the individual herbs
    Herbal preparations can interact with commonly prescribed medications and lead to dangerous side effects.

  • Caffeine

    Limit Caffeine to 200mg/day
    Drinking a lot of caffeine has been linked to miscarriage and low birth weight.

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