Foods You Should Avoid at All Cost During Pregnancy

Here is a list of foods you should avoid during pregnancy. Let’s talk about fish as number one. There are a few fish you need to avoid because of the mercury and PCB pollutants there. Things like swordfish, shark, tilefish, and king mackerel you want to avoid. Also, raw fish, raw sushi, or raw oysters you want to avoid because of infections. However, there's a bunch of fish that's great for the developing baby and for you. Things like wild salmon, mahi-mahi, and bay scallops. 

Listeria can be very dangerous for a woman who is pregnant. Listeria is a bacterium that can be devastating for a developing baby. And the thing that's different about it is it can live and it can thrive in a refrigerator where most bacteria just don't do well there. So, soft cheeses are one place to be concerned about. 

Try to avoid any soft cheese with blue veins on it because it could have bacteria in there. Another place you can find listeria is in luncheon meats. Things like cold cuts. Hot dogs before they're cooked could have it in there. Leftovers, in general, could have listeria in there. It is also not good to eat leftovers, prepared salads from a deli counter or other meats unless they're cooked right away. 

Besides listeria, there are other infections that can be a real problem. E-coli, salmonella, toxoplasmosis can be tough for developing babies. So, with ground beef, you want to make sure that it's cooked till there's no pink left in the middle. 
With eggs, you need to make sure that they're cooked so that the yolk and the white are not runny. Some pregnant women crave raw cookie dough, but that's a no-no when you're pregnant. But it’s okay to cook the cookies. 

And, of course, it's always been recommended to avoid alcohol and to avoid caffeine. There is no amount of alcohol that is safe for a developing baby. And as for caffeine, it's a little controversial. We know that over one cup a day - over one hundred and fifty milligrams a day - does increase the risk of harm to the baby. One cup a day, some data says there's a problem. A lot says there's not. But more than that is certainly not a good idea. 

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