You already know that alcohol, drugs and cigarettes are officially off-limits, but did you know that during pregnancy your immune system is suppressed, leaving you more susceptible to food-borne bacteria and viruses? It’s important to avoid certain foods that carry a higher risk of harming your developing baby (some bacteria and parasites have potentially life-threatening consequences for the fetus).
Here’s what to avoid:
- raw eggs and poultry
- cold deli meats
- unpasteurized soft or blue cheeses – like Stilton, Roquefort, brie, Camembert, soft goat or sheep cheese
- raw shellfish and sushi fish that’s high in mercury – tuna, shark, swordfish, king mackerel, orange roughy, tilefish and marlin
- pâté and liver
- caffeine (limit your intake, whether in coffee, pop, black and green tea, yerba maté, guarana in energy drinks, and chocolate)
A version of this article appeared in our Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Today’s Parent Pregnancy with the headline “Nutrition,” pp. 10.
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