Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

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Are there certain foods that I should avoid during pregnancy?

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

There are several different foods that should be avoided during pregnancy. Pay attention to the following precautions when you are planning your pregnancy nutrition and nausea control, and avoid these foods.

* Fish-High levels of mercury are found in certain fish, such as shark, swordfish, fresh tuna, mackerel, and sea bass. You shouldn't ingest more than six ounces of canned tuna per week.

* Deli Meat-Listeria can contaminate deli meats and cause miscarriage.

* Liver-Liver can contain high amounts of vitamin A, which can harm an unborn baby.

* Raw Eggs-These can harbor salmonella.

* Soft Cheeses-Soft cheeses, such as brie, Roquefort, camembert, feta, gorgonzola, and Mexican cheeses, can also harbor listeria.

* Unpasteurized Milk and Pate-This may contain listeria, also.

* Raw Shellfish-These can also cause problems or miscarriage.

* Caffeine-Avoid during the first trimester, and use moderately later in pregnancy.

* Alcohol-Fetal Alcohol Syndrome can occur in an unborn baby or a mother who drinks alcohol.

* Unwashed Vegetables-Wash well to eliminate any toxins.

Always check with your doctor for nutritional information, or if you experience any problems.



8/25/2006 3:55:23 PM
fish food said:

It’s great that you posted that tip about which fish to avoid. A lot of people, including those thinking of having kids don’t know about the FDA and EPA advice for women of child-bearing age and kids, dealing with mercury contamination in commonly-sold fish. The problem is that this advice is not usually available where it is most necessary: our supermarkets. The conservation group, Oceana, is trying to get major grocery companies to post this government advice at their seafood counters. Thanks in part to their work, Whole Foods, Safeway stores, and Wild Oats have already voluntarily agreed to post the FDA’s recommendations and they have had positive responses from customers – and no loss in seafood sales. But other companies like Wal-Mart, Costco, Trader Joe’s and Albertson’s have refused to do this. Oceana is keeping a running list of which companies care about their customers’ health enough to post this advice, as well as a list of companies that don’t. You can get the Green List and Red List at They even have an interactive map there to assist in finding a grocery store near you that is posting the information you need as well as actions you can take to help get the signs posted in a store near you. While there might still be some confusion, at least this would be a start in helping us eat what’s good for our babies and avoid what is bad.

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