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Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

Here are the foods you must avoid:

Don’t Eat These Foods Why What to Do
Soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, including Brie, feta, Camembert, Roquefort, queso blanco, and queso fresco May contain E. colior Listeria. Eat hard cheeses, such as cheddar or Swiss. Or, check the label and make sure that the cheese is made from pasteurized milk.
Raw cookie dough or cake batter May contain Salmonella. Bake the cookies and cake. Don’t lick the spoon!
King mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish (Gulf of Mexico), and tuna (big eye) Contain high levels of mercury, but there are many other choices of fish that have lower levels of mercury. See this fish advice chart that has 36 “best choices” and 19 “good choices” of fish to eat while pregnant.
Raw or undercooked fish (sushi) May contain parasites or bacteria. Cook fish to 145° F.
Unpasteurized juice or cider (including fresh squeezed) May contain E. coli. Drink pasteurized juice. Bring unpasteurized juice or cider to a rolling boil and boil for at least 1 minute before drinking.
Unpasteurized milk May contain bacteria such as CampylobacterE. coli, Listeria, or Salmonella. Drink pasteurized milk.
Salads made in a store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, and seafood salad. May contain Listeria. Make salads at home, following the food safety basics: clean, separate, cook, and chill.
Raw shellfish, such as oysters and clams May contain Vibriobacteria. Cook shellfish to 145° F.
Raw or undercooked sprouts, such as alfalfa, clover, mung bean, and radish May contain E. colior Salmonella. Cook sprouts thoroughly.

 

 

Be Careful with These Foods Why What to Do
Hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented or dry sausage, and other deli-style meat and poultry May contain Listeria. Even if the label says that the meat is precooked, reheat these meats to steaming hot or 165° F before eating.
Eggs and pasteurized egg products Undercooked eggs may contain Salmonella. Cook eggs until yolks are firm. Cook casseroles and other dishes containing eggs or egg products to 160° F.
Eggnog Homemade eggnog may contain uncooked eggs, which may contain Salmonella. Make eggnog with a pasteurized egg product or buy pasteurized eggnog. When you make eggnog or other egg-fortified beverages, cook to 160°F
Fish May contain parasites or bacteria. Cook fish to 145° F.
Ice cream Homemade ice cream may contain uncooked eggs, which may contain Salmonella. Make ice cream with a pasteurized egg product safer by adding the eggs to the amount of liquid called for in the recipe, then heating the mixture thoroughly..
Meat: Beef, veal, lamb, and pork (including ground meat) Undercooked meat may contain E. coli. Cook beef, veal, and lamb steaks and roasts to 145° F. Cook pork to 160° F. Cook all ground meats to 160° F.
Meat spread or pate Unpasteurized refrigerated pates or meat spreads may contain Listeria. Eat canned versions, which are safe.
Poultry and stuffing (including ground poultry) Undercooked meat may contain bacteria such as Campylobacter or Salmonella. Cook poultry to 165° F. If the poultry is stuffed, cook the stuffing to 165° F. Better yet, cook the stuffing separately.
Smoked seafood Refrigerated versions are not safe, unless they have been cooked to 165° F. Eat canned versions, which are safe, or cook to 165° F.

Sources:
Kidshealth. (2018, June). Eating during pregnancy. Retrieved 19 September 2018 from https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/eating-pregnancy.html.
Familydoctor.org. (2017, January 4). Healthy eating and pregnancy. Retrieved 19 September 2018 from https://familydoctor.org/eating-healthy-during-pregnancy/?adfree=true.
Foodsafety.org. (2018, September). Checklist of foods to avoid during pregnancy. Retrieved 19 September 2018 from https://www.foodsafety.gov/risk/pregnant/chklist_pregnancy.html.

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