Pregnancy Nutrition: Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

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During pregnancy, your dietary choices play a crucial role in your health and your baby’s development. While some foods are beneficial, others can pose risks. Here’s what you need to know about avoiding certain foods during pregnancy:

  1. Seafood High in Mercury:
    • Some fish and shellfish contain high levels of mercury, which can harm your baby’s nervous system.
    Avoid bigeye tuna, king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, swordfish, shark, and tilefish.
    Safe options include anchovies, catfish, cod, herring, and salmon.

  2. Raw or Contaminated Seafood:
    Avoid raw fish (sushi, sashimi), raw oysters, and undercooked seafood.
    Cook seafood properly to eliminate harmful bacteria.

  3. Undercooked Meat, Poultry, and Eggs:
    • Fully cook meats and poultry.
    Avoid hot dogs, luncheon meats, and refrigerated pates.
    • Cook eggs until yolks and whites are firm.

  4. Unpasteurized Foods:
    Avoid soft cheeses (brie, feta, blue cheese) made from unpasteurized milk.
    • Refrain from drinking unpasteurized juice.

  5. Unwashed Fruits and Vegetables:
    • Thoroughly wash raw fruits and vegetables to remove bacteria.
    Avoid raw sprouts (alfalfa, clover) due to potential bacterial contamination.

  6. Limit Caffeine:
    • Consume less than 200 mg of caffeine per day.
    • Be mindful of coffee, tea, and caffeinated colas.

  7. Herbal Tea and Alcohol:
    Avoid herbal tea unless approved by your healthcare provider.
    Do not consume alcohol during pregnancy.


Remember, a healthy diet is essential for both you and your baby. Consult your healthcare provider for personalized guidance.

If you have any further questions, feel free to ask!