Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

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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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  1. Avatar of Alison Alison says:

    I think some of the people who’ve commented on this need to read it a little closer.

    Mayo is fine as long as it has been pasteurized. It says to avoid RAW eggs which are in HOMEMADE mayo.

    The entire section at the bottom is about seafood that is deemed as “may be safe to eat,” which means that it’s probably going to be just fine as long as it is kept to moderation.

    And warm lunch meat is actually very tasty. I’m lucky enough to have a restaurant in my town that makes a multi-meat sandwich that is loaded with toppings and always served hot. It’s fantastic.

  2. Avatar of Shana Shana says:

    I have been wanting wine and smoked salmon all year. We shouldn’t crave the foods that are so bad for us. I must admit, I did eat a little crab at one point. It was like butter.

  3. Avatar of Brittany Brittany says:

    Glad to know i can still eat crabmeat

  4. Avatar of Kakaishia Kakaishia says:

    I’ve been eating boiled hot dogs, and balongna, ⬅ however u spell it. But I really can’t eat it without mayo, pickles, and mustard, any other way I’ll be sick…
    But I’ve also been eating black Forrest ham sandwich from subway.
    Everything I eat had to have mustard on it or cheese or both…
    Can I eat black forest ham or not…

  5. 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 :)

  6. Avatar of Charlotte Charlotte says:

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

  7. 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. :)

  8. 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

  9. Avatar of Tristintran Tristintran says:

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

  10. 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.

  11. Avatar of Georgia Georgia says:

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

  12. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    ahhh sushi how i’ll miss thee

  13. 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.

  14. Avatar of Georgia Georgia says:

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

  15. Avatar of Georgia Georgia says:

    I didn’t know that lunchmeat can be bad.

  16. Avatar of 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Avatar of Rozie Rozie says:

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

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

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

  21. Avatar of Marina Marina says:

    That is quite a bit to void.

  22. Avatar of MzKiesha MzKiesha says:

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

  23. 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.

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