Foods to avoid when you are pregnant
Some types of cheese
Raw or partially cooked eggsMake sure that eggs are thoroughly cooked until the whites and yolks are solid. This prevents the risk of salmonella food poisoning. Avoid foods that contain raw and undercooked eggs, such as homemade mayonnaise. If you wish to have dishes that contain raw or partially cooked eggs you should consider using pasteurised liquid egg.
Liver productsDon’t eat liver or liver products such as liver pâté or liver sausage, as they may contain a lot of vitamin A. Too much vitamin A can harm your baby.
Raw or under cooked meat
Supplements containing vitamin ADon’t take high-dose multivitamin supplements, fish liver oil supplements or any supplements containing vitamin A.
Raw shellfishEat cooked rather than raw shellfish as they can contain harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause food poisoning and have a higher risk of listeria contamination.
Unpasteurised milkIf you have milk, drink only pasteurised or UHT (ultra-heat treated) milk – sometimes also called long-life milk. If only raw (unpasteurised) milk is available, boil it first. Don’t drink unpasteurised goat’s or sheep’s milk or eat food that is made out of them, such as soft goat’s cheese. Avoid soft ice-creams while you’re pregnant as they have a higher risk of listeria contamination.
Foods with soil on themWash fruit, vegetables and salads to remove all traces of soil and visible dirt.
Pre-packaged saladsPre-prepared or pre-packaged fruit or vegetable salads, including those from buffets and salad bars have a higher risk of listeria contamination.
Energy drinksEnergy drinks are not recommended during pregnancy as they may contain high levels of caffeine, and other ingredients not recommended for pregnant women. source:pregnancybirthbaby
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