img

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Posted On: 09-02-2015
Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Although most foods are safe to eat during pregnancy, there are some that need to be avoided in order to keep both mom and baby safe. Making sure to steer clear of unsafe foods is one of many aspects of a healthy pregnancy, which also includes increased calorie intake, prenatal care, plenty of sleep, and more.

Fish

Some types of fish are safe to have during pregnancy, like salmon and tilapia. But other kinds of fish contain high levels of mercury, which can contribute to brain development issues for the baby. Fish with high levels of mercury that should be avoided include mackerel, tilefish, swordfish, and shark. Even canned tuna has some mercury and should only be eaten in moderation.

Smoked seafood should also be avoided. This encompasses fish that you would find in the deli section of the grocery store. It comes refrigerated and might be labeled kippered, jerky, or lox. Having smoked seafood that has not been cooked carries a risk of listeria, a dangerous bacterium that can cross the placenta and infect the baby.

Before enjoying any fish from your area, you should contact the health department or the Environmental Protection Agency. Eating fish from contaminated rivers or lakes can be dangerous. Fish sold in the grocery store is likely fine.

Meat

All meat that you eat while pregnant should be cooked thoroughly. Eating undercooked meat, such as poultry or beef, can carry the risk of different types of food poisoning. Uncooked fish, like sushi and shellfish, should be avoided for the same reason. Deli meat can be contaminated with listeria as well. Avoid deli meat unless you are able to heat it up until it is steaming, to kill any dangerous bacteria.

Eggs

Raw eggs carry the risk of salmonella exposure. Avoid eating raw eggs or consuming any products that have raw eggs as an ingredient, such as mayonnaise, Hollandaise sauce, Caesar dressing, and homemade custard or ice cream. Products that use pasteurized eggs or are cooked thoroughly at some point during production are not dangerous. Most restaurants use pasteurized eggs in their dishes.

Dairy

Avoid unpasteurized milk, due to listeria risk. Check labels of the milk that you purchase to make sure that it is pasteurized. Soft cheeses that are imported should also be avoided because of listeria. This includes feta, gorgonzola, and brie. Look for labels of soft cheeses to see if they indicate that they are made from pasteurized milk. If they are, they are safe to eat. 

See Related Articles

A 2016 Study Looks at the Birth Control Shot

The birth control shot, also known as Depo Provera, is injec ...
Posted On: 06-17-2016
read more

Blood Tests to Detect FASD Could Be Possible

A new study published in POLOS ONE shows that a certain bloo ...
Posted On: 11-11-2016
read more

Diet Plan for Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs durin ...
Posted On: 07-15-2016
read more

Fruit Flies Play Role in Fighting Cancer in New Studies

A team lead by researchers at the University of Missouri-Col ...
Posted On: 08-19-2016
read more

Mom's Breastfeeding Benefits

You likely have heard about all the reasons that you should ...
Posted On: 10-27-2015
read more

New Recommendations for DIY Cloth Masks & What You Can Use

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently ...
Posted On: 04-10-2020
read more

New Study Examines Home Birth Safety

Home births and deliveries taking place in birthing centers ...
Posted On: 01-02-2016
read more

New Study Looks at Antidepressants in Pregnancy

A new study published the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry sug ...
Posted On: 06-09-2017
read more

Second Zika-Affected Birth in United States

According to CNN Health, a baby girl with Zika-related micro ...
Posted On: 06-03-2016
read more

Related Doctors

View All
  • No record found.

Surgical Procedures

View All

Be Healthy

View All

Health News

Watch & learn

View All
GET A WEEKLY DOSE OF HEALTHY INSPIRATION
GET A WEEKLY DOSE OF HEALTHY INSPIRATION
Please enter required fields.
Subscription Successful.
Already Subscribed.
Enter Valid Email Address.