What Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy

Avoid the following foods because they could carry a risk of unwanted side effects. The chance of a serous complication is small, but it’s generally best to play it safe.

  • Avoid processed meats, such as bologna, salami or hot dogs. They can be a source of a serious food-borne illness called Listeria. Also processed meats contain high sodium, which can lead to excessive swelling.
  • Avoid unpasteurized foods that contain unpasteurized milk because these foods can lead to foodborne illness. Avoid soft cheeses, Brie, feta, Camembert, or blue cheese.
  • Avoid unwashed produce. Make sure you wash raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid Seafood high in mercury, which can damage a baby’s developing nervous system. Avoid swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tile fish.
  • Avoid Raw, undercooked or contaminated seafood. Avoid raw fish and shellfish, such as oysters and clams. Most seafood should be cooked at an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Avoid large quantities of liver. Liver is high in Vitamin A. Eating very large amounts could lead to vitamin A toxicity and cause birth defects.
  • Avoid Undercooked meat, poultry and eggs. To prevent foodborne illness, fully cook all meat and poultry. Make sure the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook eggs until egg yolks and whites are firm, not runny.

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