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.