5 Foods to Avoid When You’re Pregnant

When you’re pregnant, regardless of your pregnancy week, eating the right foods is important. Maintaining a healthy diet can help your baby grow and develop and can help you feel your best during your pregnancy. You might have heard a lot about foods that you should be eating right now, but you could also be wondering if there is anything that you should avoid. These are some of the foods that you should not eat when you’re pregnant if you want to help ensure that both you and your developing baby are as healthy as possible.

1. Certain Types of Fish

If you’re a seafood lover, it’s important to know that some types of seafood should be avoided when you’re pregnant. Some types of fish have high levels of mercury and should be avoided while you’re pregnant, such as swordfish. Some types of food are considered somewhat safe when you’re pregnant, such as canned tuna, but all types of seafood should only be eaten in moderation during your pregnancy. For example, having a tuna sandwich every now and then when you’re pregnant isn’t a big deal, but you shouldn’t eat seafood on a daily basis. This is because along with the concern about mercury, you also have to be concerned about fish that has been contaminated with industrial contaminants or that might otherwise be contaminated.

2. Deli Meat

If you’ve been craving ham sandwiches since you’ve been pregnant, you should know that deli meat should generally be avoided during your pregnancy. Deli meats are sometimes contaminated with listeria, which can cause you to have a miscarriage. If you do choose to eat deli meat, it is important to reheat it to help kill the listeria. However, in general, it’s best to avoid it completely. Instead, consider baking a ham or turkey and keeping the meat on hand in the freezer for sandwiches until after your baby is born.

3. Raw Eggs

Even though the idea of eating raw eggs can seem pretty disgusting, raw eggs are a popular ingredient in more foods than you might think. For example, you can find raw eggs in many types of mayonnaise, hollandaise sauces and some types of salad dressings, such as Caesar dressing. Make sure that you look for products that have been made with pasteurized eggs, which are generally considered to be safe to eat when you’re pregnant.

4. Unpasturized Milk

As mentioned above, listeria is a major concern when you’re pregnant. It can be found in unpasteurized milk, so it’s a good idea to only drink pasteurized milk when you’re pregnant. Luckily, most milk that you buy from the grocery store is pasteurized, but you’ll generally want to avoid buying fresh milk — such as from a local farmer or at a local farmer’s market — during your pregnancy.

5. Caffeine

Even though you might not have to completely give up caffeine during your pregnancy, you should know that it could contribute to you being at risk of a miscarriage. In general, pregnant women should avoid caffeine during their first trimester. In your second trimester and beyond, you can consume caffeine in moderate amounts, but it’s usually best to avoid it beyond an occasional cup of coffee or soda. Instead, look for decaffeinated options, such as decaf coffee or caffeine-free soda.

As you can see, there are a few things that you should try to avoid eating when you are pregnant. Doing this can help provide peace of mind and can help you ensure that your little one is as healthy as possible during your pregnancy.

Bonus: Extended checklist of foods to avoid during pregnancy