As your baby grows, it is important to make sure you’re getting the right kinds of foods to support their development. As well as getting the right foods, there are also some foods that you should avoid. Take a look at some of the following (taken from the NHS online and the Baby Centre):
- Some cheeses and dairy products: These can contain listeria bacteria that can cause listeriosis, an infection that can harm your baby. Cheese to avoid include soft cheeses, blue veined cheeses and cheeses with a white mouldy rind. Unpasteurised milk should also be avoided.
- Eggs: Raw or undercooked eggs can contain salmonella, a well known bacteria that can cause food poisoning. If you do eat eggs, make sure they are well cooked, the egg white and yolk is firm (no sunny side up or dippy eggs I’m afraid!)
- Liver and pate: It is not safe to eat liver during your pregnancy. Pate, not just liver pate, should also be avoided as it can contain the listeria bacteria.
- Certain types of fish: Shellfish should be avoided during your pregnancy, especially raw shellfish (i.e. oysters) as it can cause food poisoning. Fish such as tuna, shark, swordfish and marlin can also have high levels of mercury. It is worth noting that the oils in fish are very good for you and your baby, but you should limit your in take of these fish to just two portions per week.
- Alcohol: This might seem like a no brainer, but you should stop drinking alcohol during your pregnancy. If you do have a drink, then you should have no more than 1-2 units of alcohol per week
- Caffeine: There are a lot of risks linked to high caffeine intake, so you should avoid drinking caffeine as much as possible. If you do drink teas and coffees, then the recommended limit is 200mg per day, which is the equivalent to 2 cups.
Hopefully you’ve found this list useful. If there’s anything you want to add then please comment below.