Foods to avoid during pregnancy

There always seems to be so much confusion surrounding foods we can and can’t eat during pregnancy. So I have compiled a simple list for you to quickly refer to.

Foods to avoid during pregnancy:

  • Completely avoid alcohol
  • Foods containing caffeine
  • Herbals teas to avoid are St John’s Wort, Don Quai, Ginseng, Yarrow ,Pennyroyal (known to cause miscarriage) Ephedra and  Licorice Root
  • Coke and colas
  • Unpasteurized JUICE or cider (including fresh squeezed)
  • Mercury heavy fish such as swordfish, marlin or shark
  • Uncooked seafood, raw shellfish and sushi
  • Don’t eat more than two portions of oily fish a week
  • Smoked seafoods
  • Unparsturised dairy products
  • Raw or undercooked eggs
  • Liver or liver products such as liver pâté
  • Cured and deli meats
  • Chicken wings as this is believed to be where they inject the chickens to stimulate fast growth
  • Uncooked eggs, to include hollandaise sauce, caesar dressing and mayonnaise
  • All soy products to include tofu, soy milk, soy yoghurt.
  • Brie, Feta, Camembert, blue varieties of cheese like Stilton or Danish blue.
  • Raw or undercooked sprouting beans such as alfalfa, clover, mung bean and radish
  • Salads that are made in a store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, and seafood salad.
  • Raw cookie dough and cake batter
  • Soft ice-cream
  • Licorice
  • Avoid dates, papaya, pineapple, asafetida and mangoes in the initial stages of pregnancy
  • Unwashed fruit and vegetables
  • Canned foods
  • Sugar rich foods
  • Artificial sweetners
  • Nitrate-rich foods
  • Not too much Vitamin A!
  • Excess vitamins
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