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Pregnancy - What to and not to eat when pregnant

Updated on January 14, 2012

What to eat when Pregnant

It's important to eat the right foods and avoid those which cause harm to you and your baby.
It's important to eat the right foods and avoid those which cause harm to you and your baby.


There is so much information out there about what you should and shouldn't eat and a lot of it is conflicting. This can be very confusing for people going through pregnancy or thinking about becoming pregnant. For good reason they want to know what is good to eat and what should be avoided but if they followed all advice they would pretty much eat nothing. Here we'll try and pull together a list of foods which should be avoided and why, A separate hub with detailed information about why will be written if needed. Any comments left with suggestions will be researched and discussed and added if appropriate.

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What to Avoid During Prgnancy

So here is the list of what should be avoided and why For more details follow the links:

Alcohol - Alcohol which crosses over the placenta to the baby, can causes growth and development problems. Binging is very risky as it increases level of alcohol in the blood to a level where. Doctors recommend NO alcohol as there is no benefit to you or the child. However there is no scientific evidence that 2 units twice a week or less will cause any adverse affects to your baby.

Caffeine - This should be limited to 200mg per day, high caffeine levels are linked with low birth rates and also linked with miscarriages.

Cheese - Avoid any cheese which is made with moulds including mould-ripened soft cheeses, such as brie, camembert, others with a similar rind such as chèvre, soft blue-veined cheeses, such as Danish blue, gorgonzola and roquefort. The moulds can contain the listeria bacteria and even a minor infection can lead to severe problems with the baby and miscarriage.


Eggs - Avoid Raw eggs including batter mixes, home made mayo etc. This is to minimise the risk of Salmonella


Fish - Raw Fish and shell fish should be avoided, large predators such as Shark should be avoided, due to higher concentrations of mercury and toxins being found in them. Oily fish and Tuna should be eaten in small amounts.


Liver - and Liver products should be avoided as they can contain high levels of Vitamin A which can harm your baby when eaten in excess.


Meat - Avoid Raw and undercooked meat, pay particular attention to Poultry, sausages and mince meats. Cook it thoroughly until there are no traces of blood or pinkness.

Milk - Don't Drink raw or unpasteurised milk, or products made from it.

Papaya - Avoid Unripened Papaya

Pate - Avoid Pate as they may contain Listeria

Unwashed salad, fruits and vegetables - The remaining soil on unwashed produce may contain toxoplasma which can cause toxoplasmosis, which can have very harmful effects during pregnancy, this is the same reason that cat litter should be avoided.


So we have talked about what not to eat, below is a video about some of the things that you should try and eat.


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