Foods & Beverages to Avoid During Pregnancy

list of unsafe foods and beverages during pregnancy

You should be more careful of what you eat during pregnancy because some foods might harm you and your baby. If you had eaten some of these foods before you have read this list and you feel good you are probably ok. You should call your doctor in cases like severe diarrhea and vomiting.

Here is a list of foods and beverages you should avoid during pregnancy for the safety of you and your baby:

Don't Drink


Alcoholic drinks.
Unpasteurized (raw) milk.
Unpasteurized juice.
More than 200 mg per day of coffee.

Don't Eat


Raw or undercooked fish or shellfish.
Fish with high levels of mercury, like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish (golden or white snapper).
Unpasteurized, refrigerated, smoked, or pickled fish unless heated until steaming point.
More than 6 ounces (1 serving) a week of canned "solid white" or albacore tuna.

Meat & Poultry

Raw or undercooked meat or poultry.
Refrigerated meat of any kind (ham, turkey, roast beef, hot dogs, bologna, prosciutto, pâté, etc.) unless heated until steaming point (165° F).
Dry, uncooked sausages, such as salami and pepperoni, unless heated until steaming hot.


Runny or undercooked eggs.
Raw cookie dough or cake batter that contains raw eggs.
Homemade desserts or sauces that contain raw eggs (such as eggnog, ice cream, custard, chocolate mousse, hollandaise sauce,béarnaise sauce, mayonnaise, and Caesar salad dressing).


Unpasteurized soft cheese (such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue veined Cheese etc).

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