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Foods to avoid during pregnancy

Foods to avoid during pregnancy

April 19, 2020

One of the first quesitons we get asked is what can I not eat now I am pregnant? You probably already know that Sushi is off-limits, but here’s a list of others that you should consider avoiding. 

When pregnant women and their unborn babies can be more vulnerable to foodborne illnesses such as listeriosis, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, toxoplasmosis, this is because the mother’s immunity can be weakened while pregnant, making it difficult to fight against them. 

Although you may feel the chances are low of contracting one of these, it’s better to play it safe than sorry for the health of your baby. 

The following are the most common foods you should avoid during pregnancy:

  1. Alcohol: You know this one, but it’s recommended you cut out wine, beer, liquor and spirits to be safe. 
  2. Cold deli meats and charcuterie: Includes charcuterie, pate, ready-to-eat deli meats such as salami, pepperoni, and chorizo. On the positive side, these foods may be safe if cooked.
  3. Excessive Caffeine: Limit coffee, tea, and caffeinated energy drinks, or soda to 200-300 mg per day, which equates to around 1-3 cups of coffee/day)
  4.  Seafood high in Mercury: This includes Swordfish, shark, King Mackerel, Marlin, Ahi Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Orange Roughly and Escolar. It is best to limit high mercury fish to 5 oz./month and canned white albacore tuna to 10 oz./week. 
  5. Raw fish/shellfish: This means sashimi and raw fish often found in Sushi, ceviche, oysters, clams. 
  6. Raw or undercooked eggs: Unless pasteurized, no soft poached or fried eggs with runny yolks. 
  7. Raw or unpasteurized dairy: Avoid unpasteurized cheeses and raw milk. Most hard cheeses are pasteurized, but always check to be sure.
  8. Raw sprouts: Avoid raw alfalfa, clover, radish, or mung bean sprouts, unless they are cooked through. 
  9. Smoked fish and seafood: That means no smoked salmon although you can enjoy it if it’s been cooked to steaming hot. 
  10. Undercooked meat: This means tartare, carpaccio, and meat cooked below 160F can pose risks of Salmonella and Toxoplasma.

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