21 Foods and Beverage Avoid to Eat During Pregnancy

If you’re wondering which foods to avoid during pregnancy? One of the questions that every new mum ask me is which foods they need to avoid during pregnancy. So, in this blog, here is the list of the 21 most important foods to avoid during pregnancy and when you can eat them again!

Foods to avoid eating during pregnancy

I know that newly pregnant women’s first goal is to simply ensure that you’re protecting your little bubba from any types of harm.

21 foods and beverage that avoid eating during pregnancy

  1. Unwashed produce – the surface of unwashed or unpeeled fruits and vegetables can be affected by unwanted bacteria, so during pregnancy, safest to give them a quick wash before consuming. Store them in the fridge.
  2. Store-bought fruit juice –when this fruit juice is sitting in the store for weeks on end, it gives bacteria the chance to grow. It also decreases its nutritional content. If you want to drink fruit juice, squeeze it your own and drink it immediately.
  3. Soft drinks and diet soft drinks – these drinks are sweetened by added sugar or alternative sweeteners. Emerging research shows that they can increase your bubba’s risk of weight issues and metabolic syndrome down the track, so it is important to stick to water or milk.
  4. Foods containing excess sugar – general food products that are high in refined sugar such as chocolate, cakes and biscuits should be avoided during pregnancy. And you need to be focusing on nutrient-rich foods instead.
  5. Flake – it is high in mercury. If buying fish and chips, order fish such as barramundi or flathead instead of a flake.
  6. Herbal tea – herbal teas are medicinal which means they can impact the health of you and your baby.
  7. Bocconcini – although it is slightly higher in kilojoules, I’d recommend swapping bocconcini for parmesan.
  8. Ricotta – replace this with cottage cheese, but to eat within two days of opening the pack.
  9. Soft serve ice cream – instead of indulging in soft-serve ice cream, treat yourself to a delicious, creamy yoghurt instead of it.
  10. Mayonnaise – both mayonnaise and its cousin aioli contain raw eggs, which have a high risk of bacteria, so avoid them eat during pregnancy.
  11. Undercooked eggs – egg yolk can be an act as a breeding ground for the bacteria, salmonella which can be harmful to your unborn little one. To reduce your risk, ensure that eggs are cooked well before eat during your pregnancy.
  12. Alfalfa sprouts and mung beans – should be avoided during pregnancy.
  13. Alcohol – not technically need to avoid, but it’s necessary to avoid because can it cause Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, but emerging research has linked alcohol to increased anxiety levels in your offspring
  14. Foods that are over their ‘use-by date – it may sound obvious, but now that you are pregnant, unsure, throw it out
  15. Ham – it’s a common sandwich filler because it’s easy and quick, but it has a high listeria risk. It’s not rich in nutrition anyway. Replace it with tinned tuna.
  16. Salami – avoid eating during pregnancy because, in addition to having a high listeria risk, salami is also, high in saturated fat.
  17. Raw meat – sashimi and beef carpaccio, but the listeria risk are too high during pregnancy. After pregnancy, you can eat these again.
  18. Pate – is high in vitamin A so that it can cause toxicity during pregnancy. It’s also high in listeria risk, so even though it is yummy, wait until you’re holding your baby in your arms.
  19. Chilled prawns – Prawns are also rich in nutrition, particularly omega3 and protein, but they are a listeria risk, before going to eat them, serve them hot.
  20. Chicken stuffing – if you want to eat chicken stuffing, you’ll need to make sure before eating that is cooked separately and served hot.
  21. Camembert – before eating camembert, ensure that it cooked over 75 degrees Celsius (which is 170 degrees Fahrenheit) and eat it immediately. And also, be careful not to burn your tongue! Unfortunately, brie and blue vein cheeses are also in the no go zone.
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