5 Foods to Avoid While Pregnant

Pregnancy is a time of immense joy and anticipation. But it is also a time to take some precautions. While most foods are safe to eat during pregnancy, there are some worth avoiding. Here’s a list of five foods that are best to skip.

High-Mercury Fish

Fish high in mercury should be avoided during pregnancy as mercury can lead to developmental delays and brain damage in babies. Fish known for high mercury levels include shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. 

Undercooked or Raw Fish

This includes sushi. Raw fish can contain parasites and bacteria, including Listeria, which can lead to infections. 

Unpasteurized Milk, Cheese, and Juice

Unpasteurized products can contain harmful bacteria like Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacter. These bacteria can be particularly dangerous during pregnancy. 

Raw or Undercooked Eggs

Raw eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella, which can lead to fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. It’s best to avoid foods containing raw eggs, like homemade mayonnaise, certain salad dressings, and homemade ice cream.

Processed Junk Foods

While not necessarily dangerous, processed junk foods are high in calories, sugar, and fats and low in nutrients. Over-consuming these foods can lead to excessive weight gain, gestational diabetes, and nutrient deficiencies.