Health Tip: Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

They could harm your developing baby

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDay News) -- Safe, well-balanced meals are especially important during pregnancy. The American Pregnancy Foundation says certain foods should be avoided entirely, including:

  • Raw meat, shellfish and eggs.
  • Many deli meats that could be undercooked and harbor bacteria. During pregnancy, it's a good idea to reheat deli meats until they're steaming.
  • Fish that contain mercury or have been exposed to pollutants.
  • Smoked seafood.
  • Unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses and pate.
  • Unwashed, raw vegetables.

--

Last Updated: