Pregnant? Bet You Didn’t Know to Avoid Some of These Foods

Okay, so it has been a while since I was last pregnant. Six years to be exact. So, I am learning a thing or two about what foods are now on the “do not eat” list when you are pregnant. Some of these I knew about, but some threw me for a loop. None of them should be too hard for me to avoid though, so at least that is a good thing.

Foods to Avoid:

Lunch Meats – If you are going to eat lunch meat when pregnant, it is recommended that you heat it up until it is steaming.

Uncooked Meats – Raw meats, seafood or uncooked hot dogs.

Raw Cookie Dough – I love me some raw cookie dough, but I think I can avoid it for 9 months.

Fish with High Mercury Content – Shark, Swordfish, Tilefish

Refrigerated Smoked Seafood

Meat Spreads and Pates

Runny Eggs – Make sure egg whites and yolks are firm when cooked

Pre-stuffed Meat or Poultry

Unpasteurized Foods – this includes soft cheeses like Brie and Feta when they are not clearly marked as being pasteurized.

Foods to Limit:

Caffeine – A lot of things have caffeine that I did not necessarily think about before, including chocolate substances like pudding and hot cocoa, as well as herbal teas.

Canned Tuna- It is recommended that you have no more than one 6oz. can per week.

High Nitrate Foods – Such as bacon and sausage.


  1. When I was pregnant I craved eggs over easy. Luckily, I knew I couldn't eat eggs this way. It was one of the first things I ate after I came home from the hospital after having my son, though. 🙂

  2. After 3 kids I knew about most of these, but not the canned tuna! I will pass this on to my pregnant sister, thanks

  3. The nice thing about being in the States is that all of our cheeses are pasteurized. Only imported cheeses may or may not be pasteurized.

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