Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy and Why!

18 Feb




There are so many things to think about when you’re pregnant. Your life has to change and depending on your previous lifestyle, it can feel like quite a dramatic change. Most people know the obvious thing to stop … drinking, but there are many more things you ought to avoid that you may not have known about.

  • Pate – high  in  potentially  toxic  Vitamin  A  and  may  contain  Listeria. Listeria is a bacteria found in soil, water and some animals including poultry. Listeria is killed when cooked and pasteurised.  Pregnant women are 20 times more likely to get listeriosis so it is best avoided for the duration of the pregnancy.
  • Raw  or  partially  cooked  eggs – risk  of  Salmonella  poisoning.
  • Raw  or  undercooked  meat  and  fish – risk  of  food  poisoning  bacteria  and  parasitic  infection  ie.,  TOXOPLASMOSIS  which  may  damage  the  retina  of  the   eye.    Toxoplasmosis  parasites  can  also  be  transferred  through  cat  faeces  and   via  garden  soil.
  • Liver  products – contain  high  levels  of  vitamin  A  toxic  to  a  developing   foetus.
  • Some  types  of  fish – avoid  shark,  swordfish  and  marlin  or  any  others  with   potentially  high  Mercury  content.      High  levels  of  Mercury  found  in  these  fish   may  affect  the  developing  nervous  system  of  the  foetus.
  • Raw  shellfish – risk  of  food  poisoning.
  • Alcohol – deemed  as  toxic  to  a  developing  foetus. (More info coming in next blog post about this)
  • Caffeine – deemed  as  toxic  to  a  developing  foetus. Try to limit your intake to under 200mg a day which is equal to 2 cups of coffee.
  • Peanuts  and  peanut  products – a  family  history  of  nut  allergy  or  other  allergic  reactions  such  as  hay  fever,  asthma  and  eczema  may  place  an  unborn  baby  in  a  higher  risk  group  for  developing  a  peanut  allergy  later  in  life.
  • Soft  and  ripened  cheeses  such  as  Camembert  and  blue  vein  cheeses. This is for the same reason as pate… listeria and risk of listeriosis! Soft cheeses are an ideal environment for bacteria with  more moisture so stick to your hard cheeses during pregnancy!


All these foods are easily avoided but in the first trimester when it may not be common knowledge to everyone that you’re expecting, others will not be aware that you can’t eat certain things so keep your wits about you and make good decisions!