Some foods should be avoided during pregnancy because they may carry bacteria that could be harmful to your baby.
It is best to avoid the following:
- Raw or lightly cooked eggs. Ensure the yoke and the white are solid before eating eggs. Avoid homemade mayo or desserts containing raw egg to avoid salmonella
- Raw or undercooked meat /poultry /shellfish /smoked fish/ cured and smoked meat
- Liver is rich in retinol (a form of vitamin A). Too much of this type of Vitamin A can be harmful to your baby, so avoid liver and any patés made from livers
- Unpasturised milk and dairy products made from it
- Mould ripened soft cheeses such as Brie and Camembert, Blue Veined cheese and Ricotta
- Unwashed fruit and vegetables
- Shark, Swordfish and Marlin. These may contain mercury. Also reduce your intake of tuna to 2 cans or one tuna steak a week
- Peanuts, if there is a family history of allergies.
- Limit caffeine drink, including tea, coffee, cola drinks and energy drinks to 3 or 4 small cups a day.