What NOT To Eat When Pregnant

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There seems to be a lot of conflicting advice about what you can and can’t eat when you’re pregnant. Some people will say no caffeine while others say a cup or less a day is fine. Some say no shellfish while others don’t seem to think it’s a problem. Here are foods you really should avoid when pregnant.

Raw Eggs

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Resist licking the spoon when making cookies right now or eating your eggs sunny-side up. Salmonella, a common bacteria found in raw eggs, can cause fever and vomiting. What would just be an upset stomach before could become more complicated when mixed with pregnancy.

Unpasteurized Milk Juice or Cheese

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Unpasteurized milk or juice products can harbor the listeria bacteria which can be life threatening to you and your baby. Some people will say to avoid soft cheese altogether, but that is actually not necessary. As long as it is made with pasteurized milk, it should be fine.

Deli Meats

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Again, deli meat can harbor bacteria. However, if you don’t mind a hot sandwich, go ahead and eat it as long as you heat it to steaming first.

Alcohol

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Many doctors advise patients that four ounces or less of wine once a week is actually fine, but make sure you keep track of how much you’re drinking and once a week doesn’t turn into every other night.

Sushi

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Raw fish can not only contain harmful bacteria but parasites and should definitely be avoided during pregnancy.

Fish

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Most fish is actually okay to eat in moderation when pregnant, but avoid bottom feeders and fish that are likely to harbor mercury, like swordfish.

Caffeine

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Caffeine is safe to consume in moderation, but keep it to one 12 ounce cup per day. Don’t forget that some foods, such as chocolate also contain caffeine.