Foods to Avoid Throughout Pregnancy

According to an article on global (, there are six specific foods women would avoid while pregnant. This information may be beneficial to women who are currently expecting and furthermore women who plan to conceive in the future, and I hope it can be of aid to you or someone you may know.

  1. Fish containing elevated mercury levels: The article states that women who are pregnant are typically advised to decrease their consumption of seafood in general, however fish that are high in mercury (king mackerel, swordfish, tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico and shark) are especially important to avoid while pregnant.
  2. Raw/undercooked meat and fish: Foods that are served or prepared raw/undercooked present the chance of containing dangerous bacteria and can trigger infection. Try to avoid items such as unpasteurized liquids and juices, raw sprouts and dairy.
  3. Raw eggs: Eggs that are prepared in a “light” manner are risky for pregnant women, for example lightly scrambled eggs, poached eggs, even hollandaise sauce and scratch mayonnaise, because they can lead to salmonella.
  4. Processed meats and unpasteurized cheese/milk: Deli meats and cold cuts could contain bacteria and parasites that are harmful to mom and baby while unpasteurized cheese and milk could carry E. coli.
  5. Junk food: The article advises to refrain from consuming junk food because because of its lack of nutritional value, but I am inclined to think that the occasional treat wouldn’t hurt (in my opinion).
  6. Alcohol: Alcohol in any state is a no-no during pregnancy as it could cause birth defects to present themselves while the baby is in the womb or after it has been born.

As always, be sure to speak with your doctor about your diet during pregnancy and don’t be afraid to ask questions or do some research of your own. It’s definitely better to be safe than sorry.

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