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Foods to avoid in Pregnancy

Updated: Apr 5, 2022

You get a positive pregnancy test and then hit Google, right?

Often in pregnancy women feel focused on what you cannot eat but actually the list of foods is marginally small compared to all the foods that can be eaten so you need not feel restricted.

Pregnancy Nutrition

Food to Avoid in Pregnancy

OK, so let’s look at the foods to avoid in pregnancy:

  • Unpasteurised dairy (check packaging on foods most supermarket products are pasteurised)

  • Mould ripened cheeses

  • Eggs without a red lion stamp (with a red lion stamp you can have them any way you wish- poached, fried, scrambled, boiled)

  • Raw/ undercooked meat including cured meats (risk of toxoplasmosis which may lead to miscarriage)

  • Pate

  • Liver products (high in Vitamin A)

  • Swordfish, shark and marlin

  • Raw shellfish

  • Limit tuna to 4 cans/ week or 2 steaks/ week (high in Mercury)

  • Limit oily fish to 2 portions/ week (can contain pollutants)

  • Limit caffeine to 200mg/ day