10 Dangerous Food To Avoid During Pregnancy

Before you go through this article, we would advise you to read our Ultimate Guide To Have A Healthy Pregnancy.

1. Feta Cheese
Feta is a popular form of cheese, used in many salads and pastas and adored by food connoisseurs all over the world. If you’re a cheese lover who craves it even more during pregnancy, it’s important to know what cheese is safe. Unfortunately, this type of cheese (along with other soft, unpasteurized cheese which we talk about later in this article) has been linked to foodborne illness. Read more about what type of cheese you can and can not eat during pregnancy.

2. King Mackerel
King mackerel may be a healthy source of omega-3 fatty acids for average individuals but the high level of mercury in this particular fish (and a few others on our list) can be potentially dangerous to your unborn baby. Too much mercury can damage your baby’s developing nervous system.

3. Caffeinated Coffee/Tea/Pop
The amount of caffeine a pregnant woman can safely consume has been widely argued by many experts. Caffeine can cross the placenta and affect your baby’s heart rate. Common sources of caffeine include, but are not limited to, coffee, tea and pop.

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4. Brie Cheese
Brie cheese, similar to feta cheese, is commonly unpasteurized and can pose potential health risks to you and your unborn baby. These types of soft cheeses are commonly linked to food borne illnesses such as Listeriosis. Listeriosis can be incredibly dangerous for pregnant women.

5. Deli Meats
Deli meats are a staple lunch item in households across North America. They’re convenient and cheap, make filling sandwiches, and children generally like them, but their safety related to pregnant women has been a controversial topic for years.

6. Liver
Liver – and most liver products (like liver pate or liver sausage) – contain dangerously high amounts of Vitamin A. Too much Vitamin A, especially during the first few months of pregnancy, has been linked to birth defects in babies.

7. Unpasteurized Milk
Much like unpasteurized cheeses (like Brie and Feta, mentioned earlier in this article) unpasteurized milk can pose huge health risks to your unborn baby. Don’t drink raw milk (also known as unpasteurized milk), including sheep’s milk or goat’s milk (that includes goat cheese as well).

8. Uncooked Eggs
Many people toss a few uncooked eggs into their morning smoothies to give it a protein boost but pregnant woman should avoid eating uncooked eggs altogether. In their uncooked form, eggs pose a huge risk for salmonella.

9. Swordfish
It can be difficult to learn and follow all of the foods that should be avoided when you’re pregnant, but many foods can result in serious complications for both the mother and unborn baby.

10. Blue Cheese
Another popular type of cheese that doesn’t make the cut of cheeses that are safe to eat when pregnant is blue cheese. Blue cheese (and other soft cheeses like Camembert and Mexican-style cheeses like queso fresco and queso blanco) can lead to food borne illness

Read a detailed guide about everything you should eat and should not eat during pregnancy.

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