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 During Pregnancy

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  1. Profile photo of MissMAB MissMAB says:

    Agree! I LOVE sushi! ;(

  2. Profile photo of MissMAB MissMAB says:

    I am a sushi addict, and remember reading the "no sushi when pregnant" rule years ago and thought, "what will I DO if I ever get pregnant!??" Haha

  3. Profile photo of marichinno marichinno says:

    I was able to give up coffee and I usually don’t drink sodas. Deli meats are my hardest since I like sandwiches during the summer so I am trying to be a little creative.

  4. Profile photo of riannonjacob riannonjacob says:

    the deli meat and sushi has been the hardest so far.

  5. Profile photo of SHARON SHARON says:

    Omg………I love soda and I’m in the process of TRYING to go cold turkey and now I sympathize with people who are addicted to other things! It’s definitely not easy but anything for my bundle of joy!

  6. Profile photo of melissa melissa says:

    so much to take in!

  7. I still have maybe one cup of coffee in the morning but other than that I don’t drink soda or eat anything that I am not supposed to. My doc said 200mg of caffeine is fine. So I do water and tea!

  8. Profile photo of Nella3137 Nella3137 says:

    I switched to decaf and avoided most of the things that are considered dangerous.

  9. Profile photo of tracy tracy says:

    Best to eat organic! Even if you are eating lots of fresh veggies and fruit, if they are not certified organic they can be genetically modified (with toxic pesticides IN EVERY CELL that can never be washed away) or full of glyphosate or other organophosphates that cause infertillity, miscarriage, birth defects and more, be informed for your health and for healthy children.

  10. Profile photo of Jessica Jessica says:

    I am a super healthy eater! While prego and not! But i will admitt that being pregnant helps me stay more aware of what i put in my body!!! I havent given up my caffeine either!

  11. Profile photo of lisa_iowa lisa_iowa says:

    Caffeine is something I do not give up.

  12. Profile photo of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    Thank you all of these were very helpfull.

  13. Profile photo of Mrs. Mrs. says:

    Some doctors actually encourage you to drink a glass of red wine once a week while you are pregnant because it will help strengthen your baby’s heart… Do not listen to them. Any alcohol, even a sip can do damage to your growing miracle.

  14. Profile photo of Lyndsi Greim Lyndsi Greim says:

    My boy is 18 months old and I’ve already forgotten all the foods that are off limits …

  15. Profile photo of Trincess26 Trincess26 says:

    Good information!!! Thanks!!

  16. Profile photo of MLS MLS says:

    Great info to pass on to friends and family.

  17. Profile photo of Melanie Melanie says:

    You can eat deli meat that has been heated up to the point where steam is coming off of it. This kills the harmful bacteria that could harm your baby.

  18. Profile photo of mariap mariap says:

    So does this mean Subway is off limits since they use deli meat on the sandwhich I eat the most there: Italian BMT?

  19. Profile photo of amyv amyv says:

    cant stomach most seafood normally except tuna but i had no idea about the deli meats

  20. Profile photo of dorisea dorisea says:

    i hate to say i have been eating salad with salad dressing my entire pregnancy

  21. Profile photo of Yahaira Yahaira says:

    and i love sea food uuurrrgggg

  22. Profile photo of Dana Dana says:

    in my first pregnancies i didnt even know there were foods i wasnt suposed to be eating other than raw meats and eggs.

  23. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    i didn’t know about deli meats or that certain kinds of salmon were not allowed, I ate deli meats during my 1st 2 pregnancies without zapping them…..

  24. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    wow didnt know about the salad dressing