There is always concern when you are pregnant to be sure to eat the right foods, and to know which foods to avoid during pregnancy. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that pregnant women avoid certain foods because of either a high potential for disease-causing bacteria or potential risks to the fetus.
12 Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy
• Raw fish such as clams, oysters, and sushi. Avoid smoked fish that is kept in the fridge such as smoked salmon.
• Undercooked/rare meat, poultry, and seafood
• Non-dried deli meats including cold cuts, hot dogs, refrigerated pate, meat spreads and refrigerated smoked seafood and fish
• Unpasteurized milk products and foods made from them such as raw milk cheese, particularly soft or semi-soft cheeses including Camembert and Brie. All unpasteurized cheeses could possibly contain the Listeria bacteria. Listeria can cause listeriosis which may be harmful to your baby.
• Raw or undercooked eggs, including foods made with raw eggs, such as Caesar salad dressing (however, storebought salad dressings are usually made with pasteurized egg and are fine to eat). Raw eggs can contain salmonella.
• Unpasteurized juices, such as unpasteurized apple cider
• Raw sprouts, especially alfalfa sprouts
• Fresh caught fish, such as tuna, shark, swordfish, marlin, orange roughy which may contain unsafe levels of mercury. Limit your intake to 150 grams once a month. Canned white or albacore tuna also contains some mercury, so limit your consumption to 300 grams per week.
• Caffeine – limit your consumption to 0-1 cup of coffee, tea or cola per day. Caffeine has been linked to low birthweight and miscarriage.
• Herbal tea, such as Chamomile tea, sage tea, parsley tea, teas with aloe, coltsfoot, juniper berries, pennyroyal, buckthorn bark, comfrey, labrador tea, sassafras, duck roots, lobelia and senna leaves should be avoided during pregnancy.