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Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

It’s important to know what foods you should avoid during your pregnancy.

Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

Certain foods should be avoided during your pregnancy because they can have bacteria in them, too much vitamin A or other toxins that may harm you or your baby.

Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

Don’t eat:

  • Raw or undercooked eggs, homemade mayonnaise or mousse made with raw eggs.
  • Unpasteurised or mould-ripened and blue-veined cheese such as Brie, Camembert or Stilton. Hard cheese, such as cheddar cheese, cottage cheese and pasteurised cream cheese are suitable during pregnancy.
  • Unpasteurised milk products or juices.
  • Raw or undercooked meat, poultry or fish and paté.
  • Do not take cod liver oil supplements as vitamin A in large amounts may cause birth defects in babies.
  • Avoid herbal supplements and tell your doctor, midwife or dietitian about any supplements you decide to take.
  • Avoid alcohol (wine, beer or spirits). No amount of alcohol is considered safe in pregnancy.
Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

Food Hygiene

Food Hygiene is very important while you are pregnant.

  • Wash your hands before and after handling any food.
  • Thoroughly wash all fruit and vegetables before eating them.
  • Cook raw meat and poultry thoroughly. Make sure that you properly reheat ready-to-eat poultry and cooked chilled meals and they are piping hot before you eat them.
  • Always wash your hands after handling raw meat or poultry and make sure that you store raw foods separately from ready-to-eat foods.
  • Use a separate chopping board for raw meat.
  • Keep cooked food and raw food away from each other.
  • Make sure that your fridge is below 5°C.
  • Put chilled food in the fridge straight away and eat it as soon as possible.
  • Throw out food that is gone past the ‘use by’ or the ‘best before’ date.