Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy


Now that you are eating for two (or more), it is more important than ever to pay attention to what goes into your body. 

During pregnancy, there are unique nutritional requirements for you and your growing baby.

You may find yourself craving strange combinations of foods or foods that you didn’t even care for before you were pregnant. Though most foods are safe to eat, there are some foods that should be avoided during pregnancy, and the list of foods that are off-limits may be surprising.

Many of these foods are foods that you may have eaten regularly pre-pregnancy with no problem. However, during pregnancy the bacteria or parasites found in these foods can be extremely dangerous to your baby.

Three Common Foodborne Bacteria and Parasites

Listeria is a type of bacteria that can cause complications during pregnancy. It is found in contaminated water and soil and can survive on unwashed vegetables. Animals can also be carriers of this bacteria. Avoid any uncooked/undercooked meat (less than 160 degrees Farenheit) and be sure to wash all vegetables thoroughly.

Taxoplasmosis is caused by a single-celled parasite that can be extremely harmful to your baby. This parasite can be contracted by eating undercooked meat or by touching your hands to your mouth after contact with undercooked meat.

Salmonella is a bacteria carried by some animals and can be transmitted to humans through undercooked meat and raw eggs. Most salmonella bacteria found in animal products can be killed by thorough cooking. Poached eggs and eggs that are sunny side up may still carry bacteria and should not be consumed during pregnancy.

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Foods to Avoid

Deli Meats
Cold cuts such as turkey and roast beef can be contaminated with the listeria bacteria. If you would like to eat deli meat or even hot dogs, be sure to heat the meat thoroughly and look for steam as a clue that it is hot enough to kill the bacteria. Also, be sure to wash your hands after handling any uncooked deli meats.

Raw Meat
Sushi and steak tartar, as well as rare or undercooked beef and poultry can be contaminated with listeria, taxoplasmosis and samonella. Refrigerated pate can also contain listeria. Raw or undercooked shellfish such as muscles, clams and oysters should also be avoided.

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  1. Avatar of Jessica Jessica says:

    such a bummer that mayo is on the no no list… im such a mayo head… but in the end, it will be worth it :)

  2. Avatar of Charlotte Charlotte says:

    Well some sites said i couldnt eat tuna is that true cause if it is im in big trobule

  3. Avatar of Erica Erica says:

    Through out my entire pregnancy I’ve eaten deli meat, but only certain ones such as, turkey, ham (once in a blue moon), provolone, swiss, american cheese. And with the sushi I eat crab and shrimp every two weeks and my doctors have told me that my child is one of the healthiest babies they’ve heard in a heart beat. :)

  4. Avatar of LIZ says:

    im not a big fan of deli meet sandwich but when i was pregnant i did crave so bad, but i just did it for one time i didnt want to hurt my baby

  5. Avatar of Tristintran Tristintran says:

    It is so hard, craving is a killer. However, these food should still be avoid.

  6. Avatar of tiffiny tiffiny says:

    I would have never known about some of these. I love steak and medium rare is my favorite…im a little bummed thats a no-no.

  7. Avatar of Georgia Georgia says:

    I knew not to eat under cooked meats and also to warm up deli meat in the microwave

  8. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    ahhh sushi how i’ll miss thee

  9. Avatar of Samantha Samantha says:

    You can still eat lunch meat. Just have to warm it up. I think it is better to heat it up than complain and go 9 months without it.

  10. Avatar of Georgia Georgia says:

    I didn’t know that lunchmeat can be bad to eat while your pregnant learn something new everyday.

  11. Avatar of Georgia Georgia says:

    I didn’t know that lunchmeat can be bad.

  12. Avatar of Simone Simone says:

    No deli meats and mayo! Wow, I was really looking forward to a good sub but I guess that’s going to have to wait.

    • Avatar of Melanie DenneyEditor Melanie Denney says:

      Bummer, right? I can’t live without sandwiches, so I learned to replace mayonnaise with mashed avocado, and forego deli meat all together; it’s delicious that way. Maybe you can have that sub after all.

  13. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    I always worry which is right to eat when it comes to seafood so I go the better safe than sorry route.

  14. Avatar of Rozie Rozie says:

    So glad I can still eat my seafood!!!!

  15. dang so alot of the food i crave can b bad for me wow

  16. Wow that is a lot of stuff I need to make sure Im NOT eating …. geesh

  17. Avatar of Marina Marina says:

    That is quite a bit to void.

  18. Avatar of MzKiesha MzKiesha says:

    It has been ten years since my last child and a lot has changed since then.

  19. Avatar of LadyTitan LadyTitan says:

    Oh I’m sorry to hear that jessikamarie. I hope that there are some mothers out there that you can trust and build a relationship with. None can replace your mom though.

  20. Avatar of LadyTitan LadyTitan says:

    Me too, Julie. I’ve been eating it with my sandwiches, pretty much all of my sandwiches. I will stop now that I know this

  21. Avatar of LadyTitan LadyTitan says:

    That is reassuring to hear, tanzy. Sometimes, research and science can really mess with the head (especially when it comes down to our babies and our health)

  22. Avatar of LadyTitan LadyTitan says:

    Me neither, and it’s quite scary, because I have been eating some of the foods listed and I pray my baby is not harmed

  23. Avatar of MamaWren13 MamaWren13 says:

    So happy I can still eat some good crab!

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