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Foods You Can't Eat When Pregnant

Updated on January 06, 2015
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Pregnancy Foods

It's a cliché to say that pregnant women eat for two. To help make sure you deliver a healthy and happy baby, you need to know which foods to add and which foods to eliminate from your diet. In addition to avoiding foods that might add empty calories without being nutritious, you should have a pregnancy diet plan ready so that you can make sure your little one is getting all the necessary nutrients.

This list is compiled from advice I got from doctors, elders, and my own research. I avoided these foods during my pregnancy and my son was thriving when he was born. Please use this list as a general guideline and if you have any questions, please consult your doctor.

Women who are pregnant need to take extra measures to avoid three kinds illnesses: listeriosis, toxoplasmosis, and mercury poisoning.

  • Listeriosis: caused by a bacteria found in undercooked meat, poultry, and seafood. It can have devastating consequences for the developing child. Listeriosis can often result in miscarriages or stillbirths, and can cause premature labor. Babies that survive will often be born with a number of other ailments including meningitis, blood infections. In addition to causing premature labor, listeria can infect the unborn child, who may be born with a number of ailments including meningitis, blood infections, and difficulty breathing.
  • Toxoplasmosis: caused by a parasite found in cat fecal matter. Can be transmitted by eating under-cooked meat from an animal infected by the parasite or by eating uncooked foods that have come into contact with contaminated meat. This parasite can cross the placenta barrier and infect the unborn child, who can be born with brain or nervous system abnormalities resulting in seizures, hearing loss, eye damage, and/or mental retardation.
  • Mercury poisoning: While fish provide key nutrients, like protein and zinc, large, predatory species can contain high levels of mercury. Mercury can accumulate in a pregnant woman's bloodstream and, over time, can damage the baby's brain and nervous system.

To avoid these infections and other potential harm to your child, you should avoid the following foods:

1. Raw Meats

Avoid raw meat and seafood
Avoid raw meat and seafood

Raw meats such as sushi, seafood (especially shellfish), and rare or uncooked beef or poultry, should be avoided during pregnancy due to the risk of coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella poisoning.

2. Deli Meats (Including Hot Dogs)

Hot dogs may be delicious, but you should avoid them when pregnant.
Hot dogs may be delicious, but you should avoid them when pregnant.

These deli meats might be contaminated with listeria bacteria. If you just can't give up your pastrami, heating deli meats until steaming hot will kill of the bacteria and make it safe to eat.

3. Raw Eggs

No more cookie dough when you're pregnant!
No more cookie dough when you're pregnant!

Raw eggs may contain salmonella. Some Caesar salad dressings, mayonnaise, homemade ice cream, custards, and hollandaise sauces may be made with raw eggs. In addition, unpasteurized eggnog should be avoided during pregnancy.

4. Fish High in Mercury

In many places in the U.S. there are high levels of mercury or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the fish. When you consume large amounts of mercury, your baby may suffer brain damage resulting in developmental delays. Consumption of fish containing high levels of PCBs in their fatty tissues is linked to decreased attention, memory, and IQ in babies. Check with your local health department to determine which fish in your area are safe to eat.

5. Soft Cheeses

Brie careful with cheeses when you're pregnant!
Brie careful with cheeses when you're pregnant!

Soft cheeses such as blue cheese, feta, goat cheese, brie, camembert, Latin-American soft white cheeses (such as queso blanco and queso fresco), and blue-veined cheeses (such as roquefort) may become contaminated with the listeria bacteria.

6. Over-the-Counter Foods

When expecting, aim for fresh ingredients and whole foods.
When expecting, aim for fresh ingredients and whole foods.

Avoid canned, tinned, or prepackaged foods. Many of them can be infected with salmonella or other bacteria. Even hotdogs and burgers bought from vendors can cause diseases.

7. Liver

Perhaps the only food on the list you'd want to avoid!
Perhaps the only food on the list you'd want to avoid!

Minimize the amount of liver you eat. Animal liver contains very high levels of vitamin A. While vitamin A is good for you, women who consume too much may risk a higher incidence of birth defects in their babies. Since you're probably already taking prenatal vitamins and eating other foods with vitamin A, it's better to be safe and not consume liver on a regular basis.

8. Artificial Sweeteners

It's best to avoid aspartame and other artificial sweeteners when pregnant.
It's best to avoid aspartame and other artificial sweeteners when pregnant.

The artificial sweeteners found in diet soda, such as sucralose, aspartame, and saccharine, have been approved by the FDA as safe for the general public and for pregnant women. No studies show conclusively that it's harmful for humans to consume artificial sweeteners during pregnancy. However, there are some studies suggesting otherwise. Saccharin can cross the placenta barrier and be absorbed by the baby and, once there, is slow to leave the system. So, you may want to cut down on that artificial sweetener or substitute fruit juice, milk, or water.

9. Unpasteurized Milk Products

Avoid raw milk when pregnant.
Avoid raw milk when pregnant.

Most of our milk products are made from pasteurized milk. Pasteurization is a special cleaning process that gets rid of any bacteria, especially listeria. So avoid raw milk and cheese made from raw milk. It's illegal in most states to sell unpasteurized dairy, so it shouldn't be too difficult to do.

10. Alcohol

Easy on the wine when expecting.
Easy on the wine when expecting.

It is important to try and avoid alcoholic beverages. Though you may be used to having a glass of wine with dinner, alcohol can severely damage your baby and hinder development. Alcohol can pass through your placenta and prevent your baby from getting much-needed oxygen and nutrients. Heavy drinking during pregnancy can also increase your child's risk of developing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, an illness that causes severe mental and physical side effects.

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      shawna.wilson 8 years ago from Arizona

      Good information. The only ones I was surprised to see were pineapple and papaya. What's the reason for avoiding these fruits?

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      blessedmom 8 years ago from USA

      Shawna,

      Thanks for your comments. Pineapple and Papaya are generally avoided in Asia, especially in India altogether during pregnancy. Some people say fully ripe papaya may be ok. These fruits may cause uterine contractions which may lead to miscarriage. I think pregnant women should stay away from these fruits.

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      shawna.wilson 8 years ago from Arizona

      Interesting...thanks for the info!

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      Kalpana 8 years ago

      Nice infro, thanks i want to know that can i drink pasteurised milk directly from bottle ? Please let me know.

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      blessedmom 8 years ago from USA

      Kalpana,

      As far as i know, Yes, you can drink pasteurised milk directly from the bottle. Check out this article in the links section for more information.

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      Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I only knew about pinapple, papaya and alcohol. Thanks for writing this Hub.

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      Wine Making Kits 8 years ago from Asia Zone

      wow so powerful. I will tell my friend about these. She pregnant.Thanks

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      BreckRealEstate 8 years ago from Breckenridge

      Good information and I recommended eat organic food

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      britt 8 years ago

      so if im pregnant and i eat ceasar salads its bad

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      LOL I wonder how our ancestors survived without cooked food :D

      I would say listen to your body, it won't lie to you - of course if you can listen...

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      billnad 8 years ago

      sounds like a raw diet where you are eating mostly vegetables and fruit would be good.

      I love this hub as it really shows us that there are things that we may think are good, like pasturized milk, or OK like articifical sweetners but in fact when you are pregnant you really need to be concious of what you eat.

      Also I would love to add, do not eat for two. Just eat very healthy for one

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      Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

      Blessedmom, very informative hub. What about papaya causes uterine contractions? It would be interesting to know what the substance is. I have discovered that I am allergic to papaya, but as far as I know the symptoms are in the digestive tract.

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      Tracey Dempsey 8 years ago from Fitzgerald

      I had no idea about sesame seeds... No more Big Macs for me. Thanks for the info!

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      Mr Nice 8 years ago from North America

      I agree with Misha because some how our ancestor survived eating raw meat, Veggies & fruits. Also I have to check with my Japanese friend to confirm. Can you grow organic food on a non organic soil. First you have to find a pesticide free soil. I don't believe there is any soil free of pesticide traces. Please can you explain how & where you can grow organic foods. I am little bit skeptical of so called organic foods.

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      linkqueen2008 8 years ago from Philippines

      I didn't know about this information. Thank you il be telling my pregnant cousin's wife about it.

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      Mr Nice 8 years ago from North America

      Yes, You CAN Eat Sushi While You're Pregnant!

      Japanese mothers continue to eat Sashimi through out their pregnancies. But for western women it's not their staple food so that's why they don't know & are concerned. You have to be worried about the source of seafood or any other food & preparation method used. People get sick everyday from E.Coli,Salmonella & other food related illnesses. Most of them are related to cleanliness issues.

      Please visit the link to read the details.

      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/329061/ye...

       

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      Asha 8 years ago

      hey can we eat thousand island dressing??

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      Surfer Girl 8 years ago

      Why is it that you can't eat sesame seeds? I checked another website, and they recommended eating them! Little confusing here...and is Cream Cheese (Philly) ok to eat? It's soft so I'm not sure.

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      J_Eds 8 years ago from Blackpool

      ...I'm afraid I can't seem to find any official information backing a lot of this?

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      blessedmom 8 years ago from USA

      J_Eds,

      I do not have any scientific or medical proof to back my opinions. I compiled this list from hearsay (from experienced and moms and grandmothers) and researching online.

      Like always, consult with your medical doctor and do your homework before taking any medical advice or if you are in doubt.

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      Sarah Songing 8 years ago

      Good, well-researched article, Blessedmom. Your list is a little more extensive than others I've seen, but it doesn't hurt to be extra careful, right?

      Concerning the topic of eating for one or two, the actual facts are that when you're pregnant, you need to consume about 300 extra calories a day. That may sound like a lot, but it's only about an apple, a banana, and two slices of wheat toast. However, when you're nursing, you need to eat an additional 600 calories a day! Wow. Just make sure you choose healthy foods that are safe for you and your baby.

      Thanks, Blessedmom.

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      Cherish77 8 years ago

      Interesting hub. I admit that I did eat Hot Dogs, and deli- meats, but I never knew they were a no-no, till after I had my 2nd kid.

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      Sheyanne20 8 years ago

      I appreciate the information...but I would like to know are mushrooms bad for you...I've heard that they are a big no-no!!

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      blessedmom 7 years ago from USA

      From what I read on the internet, it sounds like mushrooms should be okay to eat during pregnancy. As always, there is a lot of garbage on the internet.... so, when in doubt, consult with your doctor.

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      firstmom101 7 years ago

      is it ok to eat canned fruit and vegetables while pregnant?

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      firstmom101 7 years ago

      is it ok to eat canned fruit and vegetables while pregnant? I heard i am not supposed to change the cat liter, can someone tell my y?

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      Kavitha Rajeev Kumar 7 years ago from India

      nice , informative hub.

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      Satyam7 7 years ago

      Very good article. Thanks

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      CennyWenny 7 years ago from Washington

      firstmom101-You aren't supposed to change the litter box because of toxoplasmosis, a parasite which can affect your baby (see my Hub for more info: http://hubpages.com/education/Toxoplasma-Gondii-Br...

      Thank you for the list, my husband and I are thinking of starting a family so it's good to know ahead of time the dietary restrictions I'll be facing. At least I can eat the cooked sushi! Mmm, unagi:) My biggest challenge would be laying off the fish, we eat it about twice a week.

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      Jill4sc 7 years ago

      Blessedmom-

      Please don't post any information that is not scientifically backed. What you have stated is absolutely contrary to scientic evidence.

      BLESSEDMOM SAID "I do not have any scientific or medical proof to back my opinions. I compiled this list from hearsay (from experienced and moms and grandmothers) and researching online. "

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      blessedmom 7 years ago from USA

      Jill4sc,

      Good luck stopping people from posting their opinions and experience. Feel free to share your knowledge with evidence.

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      Mander 7 years ago

      Don't believe everything you read on the 'net'. Just ask your doctor if you aren't sure.

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      Sabrina  7 years ago

      Luckily I cut off eating those foods and my ultrasound doctor says my baby is healthy, now he is nine months old in my womb. Thanks a lot!

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      random4evr1314 7 years ago

      holy crap!!!!! there is a lot of stuff u cant eat when u r pregnant! wow

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      cassandra smith 7 years ago

      when you refer to deli meats exactly what kinds do you mean the raw kinds in the blocks and even salami?, also why hotdogs?

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      babyno.2 7 years ago

      I desperately want to know if thousand island salad dressing is safe during pregnancy.

      As i heard about raw egg is a no-no, but, what about the mayonaise we bought from the supermarket? Haven't they already gone thru certain process to be packed into a bottle, thus the process will kill the bacteria that might be in the raw egg?

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      tammy 7 years ago

      "My wife so desparately wanted sushi while pregnant......luckly we had taco bell to hold her over...and pickles. Oh the memories!"

      LOL - the sushi would have been much healthier i'm sure. My doctor said if the sushi place is reputable, and you haven't got sick before, it's probably okay. Even a glass of wine is okay. I mean one should go booze crazy, but i think a lot of this is being over crazy.

      By the way, you should NEVER EVER EVER have aspartame or sweeteners pregnant or not. I don't quite understand why when women are pregnant they're so careful but then when they're not they'll eat genetically modified fruits, meats, non-organic and sweeteners....

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      tammy 7 years ago

      ** one SHOULDN'T go booze crazy, sorry typo

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      mom2b 7 years ago

      The info about papayas and sesame seeds are misleading. Actually avuryedic medicine recommends eating ripe papayas in moderation during pregnancy and lactation.Only unripe papayas are not recommended because it supposedly has papaine, which is a powerful proteolytic digestive enzyme that induces abortion.

      As for sesame seeds it is a high source of calcium and Vitamin E and is recommended during pregnancy.

      As always read, research and find other sources of information before making a decision about your nutrition during pregnancy.

      Sites: http://www.sakthifoundation.org/pregnancy_diet.htm

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      athi 7 years ago

      can i drink coffee while pregnant and what about flavoured water?

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      sanett 7 years ago

      explain to me why is papaya and pineapple should be avoided during pregnancy

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      Melissa 7 years ago

      My mother had a craving for chili dogs all throughout her pregnancy with me. She's a registered nurse. I have no health repercussions from her eating hot dogs. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, but I've never heard of not eating hot dogs.

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      cell 7 years ago

      thanks for the info.,ive learned a lot but i was shocks!,(coz i want to eat) that papaya is not recommended for the pregnant women and how about squids?is that true that its high in mercury too?...

      More power and more info...Salamat!

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      Roseanne 7 years ago

      tnx guys I was craving so badly for pineapple ..now i know better , I would also like to know why sesame seeds are bad for mums 2 b

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      Taylor Finch 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for this, it's very useful information.

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      chantelle 7 years ago

      thanks for the information so much! the kids keep going on asking me if i can eat it!!!!!!

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      shireen 7 years ago

      great information. i am 12 weeks pregnant and only a few days ago realsied that raw sushi and sashimi is a no no.. also today i discover that liver is a no no as well. I just had chicken liver patte yesterday. Now im worried how it will affect my baby.

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      cburger 7 years ago

      I have seen several people asking but no one responding...can you have drinks like sobe water the 0 calorie version or powerade zero. I don't like sugar drinks and really love those 2 listed...can I have them while pregnant? hopefully someone knows :)

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      1sttimemom 7 years ago

      Are nuts like pistachios OK to eat? What about kiwis, pineapple, regular american cheese, caesar dressing? HELP!!!

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      tiny 7 years ago

      nice advise .

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      melaniekaras 7 years ago

      WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!! Pregnant girls cant do anything!!! I am pregnant now 3 months along. I have been beating my brains over the things i should avoid. And so far what know i can do and eat is this... Live in my closet while my husband gives me lots of washed vegies, friut, some lean cooked american meat, and some cereal and umm.. milk or yogort or wait was all of this pasturized and pretty much much germ free?? Does the placenta work at all?? Oh yeah my prenatals i need them or the baby will die. I guess that's all we get to do so i will be shackled to the house eating tomatoes and such. Please don't sit in front of your laptop because that causes birth defects as well. I guess thirty minutes a day and your fine. HMMM...? Please keep away from your skin care lines and all cosmetics or that may cause birth defects too.

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      soontobemum 7 years ago

      i have also heard that eating nuts is bad as well, because its unsure on if the unborn will have any allergiesto it, plus for other reasons.

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      anonym 7 years ago

      Some of this I don't understand and lots of it i get, I think a lot of it is actually hear say, so don't read too much into it. I'm 8 weeks, and I can't eat butter because it now makes me sick and now i'm being told i cant eat mayonaisse.

      TBH i think you can have all of these foods but in moderation. never have too much of any of them, but don't cut them out completely

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      jasmine 7 years ago

      i have read menny studies in england that show that eating a lot of nuts can giv the baby asmah

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      Sherica 7 years ago

      What is there left to eat????

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      rhianna 7 years ago

      very good information found out everything i needed too know! thx a lot

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      melissa 7 years ago

      I think most of this list is bull since I'm now on my second child I recommend everyone go check out web md...and just be smart while your eating it's all common sense

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      stream 7 years ago

      Hello ,Now I got information from this advice. For me very good knowledge. I thought before row egg is good for pregnant. But Now I known .Thk U very much. If any suggestion Do U have ,give us more knowledge. Thk U

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      melanie karas 7 years ago

      Basically eat NOTHING!! We live in a prepackaged world. Fruits and Veg. that lay out pose just as much of a risk. I eat a lot of fruits and vegies and Stupid FIL became very grouchy with me for how long i was rinsing them. AGAIN UNWANTED ADVISE ESPECIALLY FROM HIM. He really stresses me out along with MIL. Never about that. The only thing I am a tad concerned with is consuming to much fish (shame) but i eat the recommended amount and the recommended sort to eat a week. I don't know with raw food that's up to the MOTHER. We live in a contradicting over fetished world. Just do your best and that usually works. But as far as defects go sometimes they just happen and its too bad the mother has to live with shoulda coulda wouldas from other people especially from harsher families that judge to much. I think our babies are protected very very well because God intended it that way our bodies are meant to be tough and regenerate. now that's the truth!

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      Addie 6 years ago

      From what I can remember, the nurse at my obgyn while I was prego told me that pinapple was fine (i had a huge craving for it). Also, I was told only to stay away from nuts if there was a known allergy in the family, since no one in my family and no one on my husband's side had an allergy to nuts, then I was fine to eat them.

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      laura 6 years ago

      Can u eat shrimp an crab legs?

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      Oogoo 6 years ago

      Thank you very much, in my opinion it is very useful information.

      It is up to people believe or not, but its better safe than sorry.

      Thanks Hub.

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      Amy 6 years ago

      This is a great list but some of the them are perpetuating myths – soft cheese really isn't as dangerous as it sounds. Check out http://www.pregnantchicken.com for another point of view.

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      blahgadagz 6 years ago

      pineapple are very acidic that is not recommended to those pregnant wife, though pineapple is rich in vitamin c, better to hold on alternative vitamins than to suffer and be sorry.

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      mehvi saudi arabia 6 years ago

      a.akm it;s very useful information but i ask u one thing i m pregnant and in this condotion i like pepsi.mirinda etc now i want to know how i can stop or what is alternate of these alchohlic beverages?KINDLY ANSWER ME GOD BLESS U

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      crystal jenkins 6 years ago

      will tha fish from captin d's hurt me why being pregnant?

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      Vanessa 6 years ago

      I am not sure if i am pregnant, but most likely i am. this was good info to follow if i am expecting. thank you :))

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      sighs 6 years ago

      Wow...So this is what happens when lists of opinions are compiled. Fish from anywhere is fine as long as anywhere doesn't include a large puddle of mercury. The fish you want to avoid is not captain D's, it is Swordfish and Tilefish. Large fish like that have a much higher mercury content. Sushi does not have to be raw, or even be fish so that's absurd. Sashimi is fine as long as you know your fish and where it is coming from. Didn't you ever wonder what pregnant Inuits and Japanese people eat? "Soft Cheese" is very misleading. They are referring to unpasturized cheese, which isn't sold anywhere but on a farm. Brie, Bleu Cheese, etc. are all pasturized. Read the label. Someone else explained Papaya and pineapple ripeness. Deli meats, as with any handled meat can carry bacteria such as listeria; but Chicken can cause salmonella poisoning and you can get hepatitis from prepared foods, I don't see those stricken. Alcohol is only such a big deal in the US, every other country in the developed world says it's fine in moderation. Anyways stop scaring pregnant women. Stress causes more harm to a foetus then a frigging papaya. It is really doing people a disservice compiling all of this self described hearsay. I'm sure that if you compiled all of the lists of food that pregnant women shouldn't eat, you could have one that includes all of the food in the world.

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      sade 6 years ago

      is it ok to eat canned fruits while im prgnant?

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      BELLA 6 years ago

      Ridiculous, grandmothers use to eat everything and nothing happens.

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      Cristina 6 years ago

      what??? what's left to eat? can u eat crabs?

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      faisal 6 years ago

      thanxzz this things making it easier for my girl :)

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      chrissy prego 6 years ago

      seriously, peoples freak out over prego eating stuff way too much... just watch what you eat, cook stuff well or know exactly the source of raw stuffs, don't overeat on any one thing or group of things, really as long as you are careful there shouldn't be a problem... just stay away from alcohol... it might be okay in moderation, but do you really want to risk it? other than that listen to your body... it will never steer you wrong! only your mind does that...

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      All very good to know but WTF????? It's like I can't eat anything. What am I supposed to eat? Bread and water? Everything else seems to be off limits. I suppose the next thing to tell me is I can't eat bread! Gee Whiz!!!!

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      Caryn  6 years ago

      hi, thanks for the informations given, but i just wondering whether a pregnant lady can eat cream cheese(philadelphia cheese), thanks

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      Seila 6 years ago

      It is very good ideas. I will avoid to eat pineapple although i like it during my pregnancy. Thank you!

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      Bunny 6 years ago

      Ok, so basically according to this list I can't eat anything anymore while I'm pregnant. Most of the thing mentionned (fish, fruits...) make my main sources of nutrition. This list is silly!

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      Elizabeth 6 years ago

      Most of this list is total folk lore, not fact in any way shape or form. There should be a disclaimer stating that this is strictly opinion.

      Studies have shown time and time again that organic foods are no healthier than those grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Organic does not mean pesticide free, but rather that the farmers use "natural" chemicals. Arsenic is a naturally occurring substance, but that doesn't make it safe. All fruits and veggies should be washed completely before eating.

      The undue stress that some women are putting themselves under is far more damaging that eating a hot dog.

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      em 6 years ago

      how the hell did anyone do it before food was cooked most of this is quite rediculous and most depends on the person i am currently 33wks preggo, and i ate pineapple unaware of these facts all threw my first trimester, as it was my food of choice...i have yet to feel any contractions...

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      mary 6 years ago

      so if you eat deli meat you got to cook it 1st? because i quite enjoy a toasted ham and chesse sandwich

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      Shajitha 6 years ago

      it s very usefull to prepare for a child birth especially for a young girl as they are not aware of which type of foods should be avoided .

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      Rhiannon 6 years ago

      Hmmm...I'm supposed to be eating healthy, and yet...I can't eat anything? I think this list is just opinion, if you want facts, ask your doctor.

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      kimberley 6 years ago

      is cheese in mc donalds double cheese burgers ok to eat?? as i have bad cravings for them since falling pregnant

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      Leah 6 years ago

      Our mothers and their mothers etc have been eating all of these foods for a very long time. I think people go way over the top! I mean avoiding pineapple??

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      toni 6 years ago

      can i have burger sauce in my burger while pregnant ?

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      Steph 6 years ago

      I think that they key thing people are forgetting is that THIS is the internet. When you have a wide rage of information from various parts of the country, you will come up with a difference in opinions. In fact, if you were to talk to three different doctors in the same clinic, you would also receive a difference in opinion. To say that there is nothing that you can eat is completely over dramatic. I am now pregnant with #5 in which were all healthy, and for the most part, the information listed above was the diet I followed on my own. If you talk to you OB, they help you better figure out a suitable diet. If you are limiting you fruit intake to only Papaya and Pineapple, well that's plain silly. I make a fruit salad every week that has many different fruits in it and I don't feel the slightest bit like I am starved of my fruit. Ladies enjoy you pregnancies, remember that you are protecting the most precious gift in the world, and if you are restricted from one thing, be creative, you are after all doing this for the health and well being of that baby!! Regardless of nay say....good job Hub, and the key to your article was that "if unsure, ask your doctor"

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      Mom2b 6 years ago

      This is why kids these days have so many damn allergies...cause pregnant moms are too freaked out to eat anything...

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      Stephanie 6 years ago

      i don't get why u cant eat sushi while u r pregnant i did while i was because no one told me not to and my little girl is just fine and nothing happened to me but i guess if they say not to then don't wish i would have known lol good luch preg moms

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      ebb 6 years ago

      how can i have a miscarriage

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      Pregnant with number2 6 years ago

      OMGoodness,

      I am preggo with my 2nd child and these lists did not exist with my 1st and she is completely healthy. I ate blue cheese like crazy, I ate most of this stuff like crazy and she is a wonderfully healthy 3 yr old. Its ok to eat....!

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      yyn1221 6 years ago from China

      Very good article. Thanks.keep in touch.

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      momof2 6 years ago

      My doctor told Me if you're craving it there is a reason and you should not ignore your cravings there are things like the raw fish you should obviously not eat. However I craved papaya salad through my entire pregnancy and ate it at least once a week my baby is two weeks old and healthy. Pineapple as well it actually helps with heartburn.... I think people read way too much stuff online that might not be The right answers for everyone if you want to know what you should and should not eat ask your personal physicians. Women have been giving birth from the beginning of time and been okay eating Lots of things websites tell you not to. Just saying.

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      Irene  6 years ago

      I tried some of those food it is not bad

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      Pristine Cruz 6 years ago

      Is it okay to eat crab or lobster that's fully cooked?

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      1st.Time.Mom 6 years ago

      OMG and here i was freaking out about what foods to eat and what not to eat.!! There's a comments lefted by afew of yous that lefted me in somewhat RELIEF.. Seriously i was stressing out hard because what ive been reading on the net.! Everything i read has this masive as list of what foods to avoid which is practically my daily intake.! Aarrgghh its doing my head in.! Ive not yet to go see a doctor but i know that i'm about 2months pregos with my 1st.! Scared much.! Guess i better get a move on and see the doc huh.! But yeah i just gotta lay low on believing everythinv i read on the net LOL well what do you expect from a young mom.! Good Luck to me xx

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      amber 6 years ago

      thanks for the advice, im 4weeks preg.. took me over 2yrs to concieve so have to be very carfull wat im eating! x

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      vikki 6 years ago

      wat a load of rubbish i am 10 weeks pregnant, my midwife sed the only thing tht should be avoided is uncooked egg, soft cheese(with veins) phily n dairylea fine. and not to eat a lot of fish like tuna(high mercurytypes) but a small tin a week is fine.. you shouldn't worry to much about wat u eat i am just eating as normal with sum extra fruit and veg. i wouldn't touch alcohol tho, wouldn't risk it. hope this is helpful goodluck mummys to be x

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      jen 6 years ago

      my OB did not instructed me on what to eat and what not to eat. I believe that evrything should be in moderation, an it would be fine to eat anything.

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      hannah 6 years ago

      that is so not fair pragnent women should not eat serten food

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      Layla 6 years ago

      Big thanks for useful info

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      gremlinjen 6 years ago

      another one my midwife told me to avoid during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding is peanuts and peanut containing foods if u have one or more of the following: hayfever, asthma and eczema as it can increase the risk of ur baby getting a peanut allergy. It's also in my nhs 'the pregnancy book' as is a lot of the info on this page

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      Joanna Slodownik 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Great advice. To make it easier, pregnant women (and everyone else, really) should stick to unprocessed plant foods - fruits, vegetables and greens as much as possible, eaten raw or slightly cooked. We eat too much processed foods, fats, and convenience foods anyway.

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      Peter Schermack 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Good info. I will send a link to my sister - she's been reading all she can find about healthful pregnancy, and eating a healthy diet is probably the most important factor to ensure the well-being of the mother and baby.

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      ash 6 years ago

      what helthy diet do you need when you are pregany

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      Radhavenkatesh 6 years ago

      thanks for your information .when i can drink coco cola or pepsi?if cause any illness to me&my baby.

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      Pregnancy Diet  6 years ago

      The clear NO NO is nicotine and alcohol!

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      secondmom 6 years ago

      When i was pregnant whith my son, my doctor advice me to eat papaya as much as i want because i was always constipated and papaya helps you digest and avoid constipation and i must say it did help me then so i don't know why it is a no-no here..

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      Keny Moond 6 years ago

      Oh, no no. Know i am really confused i thought internet will help but guess what its worse. i am 2 months pregnant now but i still have morning sickness and i just do not know what to eat oh no. Anyone please help!

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      Sabrina626 6 years ago

      I had diabeties when I was pregnant with my son and the diet lady that would help me at the sweet success said I was allowed to put one sweet and low in my ice tea so why would using one sweetner be so harmful if a doctor and. Diet expert said it's okay ? And one more thing I understand the sushi but in my nationality if you are having a baby and you look at something you have to taste it so is it bad cause I had a small taste of tuna ?

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      kelly 6 years ago

      i ate a lot of cream puffs, braso de mercedes and semi cooked eggs and im 6 weeks pregnant. I wasn't aware of the donts, what do i do now?

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      Danielle 6 years ago

      i have bene craving sesame seeds like crazy during this pregnancy

      I eat them everyday and lots of it. IN the noodles,soups, with milk and sugar, with pasta and even hot dog! lol

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      Melissa 6 years ago

      I'm 5 months pregnant and apparently i eat a lot of foods that I'm not suppose to on here and my baby is healthy, if you want to know for sure what your not allowed to eat just ask your doctor.

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      Castaneda 6 years ago

      I have 5 kids and have eaten all the foods on this list.

      This is just feeding fear into folks...the idea that anything other than what is on this list is okay is silly, you can say all foods can be contaminated by e-coli, you could say don't ever eat out. No veggies unless they are organically grown and pesticide free, you could also say don't drink tap water too high in chlorine and fluoride...All foods can be seen as dangerous...My mom LIVED ON PINEAPPLE while pregnant with me that's all she could eat...this list is really not very helpful. A balanced diet is key for a healthy pregnancy.

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      Hana 6 years ago

      Thank Castaneda, that is so scary eapsically for the first time pregenent woman. My mom is from Ethiopa they eat everything drink everything and nothing had happened to me but reading this is really creaping me out i guess eathing healthy is the key thing...

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      Sona 6 years ago

      Hi, my doctor told the same things as mentioned her. To the addition, she suggested to take little pomengrate as it is one factor of acidity n heartburn. Also, my doctor suggested to keep away from Pizza's and it would work wonder if every pregnant women taken home cooked (fully not raw) food.

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      Celly 6 years ago

      IS CALAMARI GOOD TO EAT WHILE PREGNANT?

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      anon 6 years ago

      What about stevia as a natural sweetener?

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      Dipa 6 years ago

      very nice information. i have a question- i have eaten a lot of papaya when i was 18-25 week prenant, then stopped eating it. now i am 29 week pregnant. i want to know is there may occure any harms to my baby? please give me reply

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      "Pineapple, papaya and sesame seeds should be avoided during pregnancy". I never heard this before! Thanks for the info!

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      PurpleGirl 6 years ago

      You are very wrong about the pineapple.

      We have just completed a succesful IVF and the IVF clinic told us to drink pineapple juice or eat 1/5 of a pineapple a day because it helps thicken the womb lining which is very impotant in early pregnancy. I also double checked this with my GP and she said the same thing.

      Please people, check with your doctors and take their advice, don't take random opinions from the internet as fact.

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      austin 6 years ago

      ive just had a baby and i don't know what 2 do plz help iam afraid iam going 2 kill it.

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      Sally Anne 6 years ago

      I always heard that you couldn't eat soft cheese and have alcohol while pregnant.This is my first pregnancy and is it true that you can't eat soft serve ice cream? What ice cream can you eat while pregnant? Is it weird that sometimes i feel like eating tartae sauce out of a jar? Am i allowed to eat it?

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      MANDII 6 years ago

      @ AUSTIN... please call a help line, im sure this is just some depression you are feeling, it is very important that you call a hotline and get immediate help, not wait for someone to see your post on the net, if you need to talk, im a good listner....

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      mugi 6 years ago

      nice post! i heard that mushroom can take to miscarriage. is it true? does anyone know about it????

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      priya 5 years ago

      i ate pineapple during my ovulating time will it affect the chance to become pregnant this month?????

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      emma 5 years ago

      What rubbish you'll have plenty to worry about for the next 18 years or so, why get worked up before they are evn born? Trust your bodies to do what they were created for. Don't you people know stress is far worse for an unborn child than deli meat or pineapple!!!

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      Roxy 5 years ago

      My doctor advised that i avoid liver, home made mayo, partially cooked eggs and shell fish. My midwife advised that i CAN eat Pasturised dairy products, including pastorised mayonaise, one tin of tuna a week, salmon, cod, an assortment of fruit and veg and to LISTEN TO MY BODY!!! as some weird cravings may occure me to eat more of whatever it is, but at the same time make sure you are eating a variety of foods.

      My mother in law laughs and says its all over rated these days and people are being overly worried for no reason. Its all about common sense when it comes to cleanliness and scources of food like when your not preggers.

      It seems silly to deprive your body and your baby of key nutrients that will help with the development of your child, just because of crap you read on the net

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      Emma 5 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice information which is well shared to every bodies understanding.thanks for this wonderful tips.

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      Ying 5 years ago

      Thanks for the effort to post the information and opinion. I am 8 weeks pregnant and have always concerned about what I should and shouldn't eat. I think there's no way to avoid a little bit of harmful things in our processed world today and it's common sense and wisdom too. Just do our best to protect the baby and ourselves but there's really no need to cry over a piece of liver consumed last night. The stress will cause the baby more harm. I only know that my body wants to eat everything. I was not like this before. It's like there's a voice commanding me to eat that and this. The cravings are strong. Just the way our body tells us the natural way so eat variety of everything but don't overeat anything.

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      ROSE 5 years ago

      OK RIGHT NOW I AM PREG WITH MY SECOND SON. THIS IS THE THING, THE ONLY FOOD THAT MY DOCTOR TOLD ME NOT TO EAT WAS FISH BECAUSE OF THE MURCURY. I SEE THE REASON BEHIND THE REST OF THESE BUT LIKE SHE SAID HOW MANY TIMES ASK YOUR DOCTOR! WITH MY 1ST SON I WAS SICK THE WHOLE 9 MONTHS THIS ONE IS GOING THE SAME WAY, SO I SAY FIND OUT YOURSELF WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT EAT WEATHER ITS A BOWL OF ICE CREAM OR A BOWL OF SALAD EAITHER WAY YOUR GETTING SOMETHING IN YOUR BODY AND TO YOUR BABY. I WOULD JUST STOP WORRING SO MUCH AND ENJOY THAT FACT THAT YOUR PREG YOUR BABY WILL BE OK :)

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      Kat 5 years ago

      I have been eating papaya, mango and banana for 6 months now. I may have to learn to like apples!(^_~)

      But my doctor did not tell me what to and not to eat. She says, anything in moderation is good.

      When in doubt, better to talk to your doctor!(^_^)

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      molson5070 5 years ago from State College, Pa

      great hub!! I think eating fish like salmon is ok in moderation (if you're a fish lover). But definitely stay away from raw meat like this page shows. here a good page with more things you can and cant eat when pregnant.

      http://www.thedietsforwomen.com/pregnancy/foods-to...

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      pavithra 5 years ago

      Thanks for giving such a good information

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      Cara 5 years ago

      Thx for the article and funny mix of comments! I think if reading a list someone compiled makes you scared - you should take a deep breath and think about why you are scared! It is not like just because you read or hear something you now have to go by that. Try to be well-informed. That could mean reading many lists, asking doctors advice, researching scientific studies, wise-woman lore and listening to your own self!

      Also, why call a list rubbish or silly just because you don't agree with all the ingrediants? Write your own list!

      Be proactive. Lists can be helpful.

      Also, my opinion - most people that I see in this country (USA) do not eat a very healthy diet in the first place. So maybe a suggestion list of foods is a good idea to get people thinking and asking about their diet. Why not?

      Of course, eating a papaya ain't gonna kill you, neither will having a glass of wine, or eating sashimi. It's just that some times, some of these things might have a negative effect - the more known the ingrediants are to be risky, then the more likely it is healthy to avoid them. So alcohol, smoking, refined sugars, sodas, processed meats, pretty much processed anything - all known to be not so healthy whether you are pregnant or not. Actually, raw fish, meat, eggs are not unhealthy necessarily, it is the bacteria that can often be found in them that is very dangerous. So that is what you are avoiding - eating sushi won't hurt but ingesting salmonella etc will. Vitamin A is controversial - some nutritionists say that vitamin a is good but when it gets processed (into vitamins for example) it is no longer safe to take when pregnant. Not so sure about avoiding it in natural form such as beta-carotene. A good question for the doctor!

      Cheers, y'all.

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      momoftwo 5 years ago

      Always check with your DOCTOR about what is safe, don't just take someone else's word for it, this list is about two years old! Research and information changes regularly, that is why your DOCTOR is the one you should ask.

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      MarkMAllen15 5 years ago

      Learn more, glad to visit this one.

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      mommy 19 5 years ago

      im a first time mom, and i think im more worried about the allergy meds and the pain killers than i am about food. does anyone know what medicine i can take??

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      Michelle 5 years ago

      To the first time mom with allergies...I am also a first time mom. I am 10 weeks along and my dr actually told me for allergies and even nausea I could take benadryl. Only 12.5 mg and every 4-6 hrs as needed. Benadryl comes in 25 mg capsules so you have to break them in half!

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      rill 5 years ago

      what are the bad effects of eating papaya to pregnant woman...i dnt know that it is not recommended for pregnant woman like me. ive eaaten a lot of unriped papaya...because every now and then im looking something to eat just to lessen my dizzyness

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      rill 5 years ago

      i also eat eggplant and i only knew that eggplant is not good for pregnant like me....im afraid that there will be a bad effect to my baby..pls share me some advise so i can calm my self in thinking bout this thanks a lot...god bless

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      alisa 5 years ago

      if i am pregnancy about a month, and i eat pineapple, will i be miscarriage?

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      Melba 5 years ago

      Look lots French prenacny women eat any cheese, carribean women eat any tropical fruit without seed. Indian women eat curry food nothing wrong with it, better see world women pregnancy.

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      Mayu 5 years ago

      Hi. I have one quick question... I am living in Canada... I am 9 week pregnant... I ate pizza there is pinapple I didn't pay attention to it. After two bites I noticed it. I stopped it. But I want to know does this affect my baby?....pls someone reply

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      blairtracy 5 years ago from Canada

      Great information and explainations.

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      Siobhan  5 years ago

      This is my second pregnancy! I stay away from the raw meat, hard cheeses, cheesecake, pate

      N alcohol, n seafood. Everything else is fine to eat. They tell u to eat pineapple if babies late. Never read so much nonsense. My mum thinks it's silly that I avoid some of the above like she says what did they used to no years ago. They ate all that n we turned out fine.

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      never tell name  5 years ago

      whoo i didn't know a lot of them foods u couldent eat

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      shelley 5 years ago

      oh my I am eight months pregnant and the entire time i Am craven for pineapple never know i was not suppose to eat so much

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      nikki 5 years ago

      The eating for two thing is as goes: during the first trimester you don't need extra calories, second trimester is 300 and third is 450.

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      Jeepjunkie 5 years ago

      This is nuts...I ate whatever I wanted and my son is fine. I had no complications at all. I ate pineapple, hot dogs, had sandwiches....what do you think your mother while she was pregnant?

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      88Keys 5 years ago

      This list is ridiculous. I'm 33 weeks along and have been eating pre-packaged turkey without heating it up, usually about once a week. I've also eaten peanut butter (one of the few things I could stomach in the beginning), hot dogs, sushi (cooked or all veggie), dried pineapple, and fish in moderation. Right now I'm craving pecans and have been eating them like crazy! Lists like this have no scientific basis and just serve to scare people. I feel terrible for the woman who said she was one month along and afraid she was going to kill her baby. Is this what we have become?

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      siham 5 years ago

      can i eat almonds and sesame seeds during my pregnancy thankyou

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      tracy 5 years ago

      is it ok to drink semi skimmed milk

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      Lacey 5 years ago

      I almost sadly addicted to diet coke, I have like at least 2 a day. I know its bad, so now that I am pregnant I can't have them at all?

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      sana 5 years ago

      i m mnth mom ,and i m confused.thanks 4 information.God protects all.

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      Anna 5 years ago

      I understand in Europe soft cheeses are a no-no because they are made from raw milk. But here in Australia all cheeses are made with pasteurised milk so why can't you eat them? I don't mind the answer, I'm just confused!!

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      Kat 5 years ago

      My doctors told me that I can eat deli meats and such as long as they are cooked. they cant be raw. They told me that I defenatly need to stay away from dite pop, but I don't drink it anyway because it gives me migraines. They also told me that as long as I ask most over the conter meds (Save for certain Headache ones) are generally ok to take because they arent like the ones you would get perscribed by a doctor. I HAVE to take ecedrin for my headaches because that's the only thing that works, so I asked my OB and she said it was fine because it and Tylonal are the same thing.

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      lei 5 years ago

      this is really ridiculous. i bet this is why so many kids are allergic to a lot of stuff. my mom ate fish, and somehow, SOMEHOW, we came out perfectly healthy.

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      Nicole cortez 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info. But can somebody please tell me why I can't eat burgers and sesame seeds?

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      sarah 5 years ago

      can i eat mushrooms

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      GEMZ 5 years ago

      im pregnant and i cant keep of the fish and meats lol but i have a boyfriend to keep me away from it

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      cassey 5 years ago

      thanks for the wonderful information.i am pregnant at the moment,i am having a bad flu and cough while pregnancy ...i am neraly going to be two months pregnant,,,wht should i do to overcome this obtacles...??

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      Edna Bosomtwi 5 years ago

      I Learnt papayas is the best Food or Fruit to be eaten during Pregnancy, why are they saying we should avoid it.

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      Piegirl 5 years ago

      Im young and pregnant and have no clue what I cant eat. My fave foods have been listed off, i cant go near my microwave or eat red meats. What the hell can I eat that will fill me up :( (btw im 4 months gone XD)

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      Jen 5 years ago

      Foods scared me with my first then I had gestational diabetes and food became more of an issue. There are some crazy stuff on the list, but my dietitians never said ANYTHING about yoghurt (has saccharin in it), I had it everyday for my carb intake. Or pineapple, or tinned fruits or veggies, or sesame seeds or any nuts. The avoid foods list was small: soft cheese, rare/uncooked meat/cooked but cold meats, unpastierised diary, raw egg. Simple! What we should eat: lots of healthy food! And low GI if possible. Wash your fruits and veggies. Eat in moderation and don't over eat. Yes eat fish in moderation if it's cooked thoroughly! There are so many nutrients we should draw on from our foods, they're way better for us than a vitamin tablet! Urgh! And for me, the latest concern has been honey. My OB said its FINE! Stop stressing. First and foremost make sure your food prep is hygienic. For me, that means eating less from take always and more healthy eating at home. I know it's clean then.

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      Chika 5 years ago

      Should i take water melon during pregancy.

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      nipa 5 years ago

      i found that m pregnant two days back. today i had a pineapple pastery. can it cause some risk ? pls reply

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      mery 5 years ago

      i found that m pregnant three days back. Yesterday i had papaya. can it cause some risk ?

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      johncimble 5 years ago from Bangkok

      great information but i only know about alcohol lol

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      Nikita 5 years ago

      Almost everything on this list is in the book my doctor gave to me. Great list all together.

      You can eat fish and meat, in fact you should! Keep oily fish to a minimum (1~2 times a week) and meat make sure it's well done, no blood or pink bits, best to eat your food always when piping hot, as bacteria and listeria can grow on it as it cools down. This is why you do t eat the deli foods.

      You'll often find that burgers and hotdogs are meat that's reheated (but not thoroughly), has been sitting around a while, and/or the salad that goes with it is older and likely covered in bacteria.

      When pregnant the common foods we are used to eating change because listeria, salmonella etc are highly dangerous to pregnant women, but have less effect on most nonpregnant people.

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      amytu 5 years ago

      papaya great to eat when it rife. but not the young one because the milky from the young papaya can harm the baby. that what i been told from my mom, my family and my great mother. I hope this will help all yr.

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      asma 5 years ago

      i am 10 week pregnant mother i eat market riped papaya today by mistake i read this article after reading it i was very much afraid plz help me i don't want to loose my baby plz give me some precautoion plz

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      kirsty-h94 5 years ago

      I'm 6 weeks pregnant, but only found out a few days ago...over christmas and the new year I was drunk on 6 different occasions over 2 weeks..iv also eaten hotdogs, feta cheese, nuts, mayonaisse,sesame seeds(on a big mac at McDs!) and been drinking diet pepsi...does this mean theirs going to be something wrong with my baby?

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      Nicole 5 years ago

      Can you eat nuts? And

      Can you eat carb sticks?

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      tonia 5 years ago

      peanuts can raise your glucose level, and carbs can raise your glucose levels

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      angela 5 years ago

      For papaya and pineapple to cause a miscarriage you would have to eat allot of it.not just a few bites on your pizza. I am a mom if seven children and one on the way all healthy pregnancies and babies. I ate everything on the list in moderation and made sure add I do when I am not pregnant that my food is well cleaned and cooked prior to eating it.using unpasteurized food products can cause mom to be to get sick due to bacteria raw fish if not clean and prepared properly can also cause mom to get sick. Be careful be smart it'd more important to make sure your rating a well balanced diet then to watch particular foods you east. Have fun your gonna be a mommy.

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      Hthrfthr 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the helpful info. I'm craving pineapples lol. Just found out a few hours ago I'm pregnant with my first!!!! So exciting!

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      mystic 5 years ago

      iam going on number 3 at 6 weeks preggo, and my doc pretty much gave me a list just like this on what to avoid and my doc also said table sugar or brown sugar you want to stazy away from and sugar like splenda is better for you. i also think every doc says pretty much different things but the same on mercury cat litter and raw eggs. people freak out over silly stuff the author just posted stuff that she believes help and advises to check with your doc. and a little bit in moderation like pineapples should be fine lol i eat that on my pizza but who knows, i didn't know bout that two years ago and knw that is what my doc is saying to. oh and raw sushi ceasar salad has always been a no no with all three of my docs and my mother doc. lol organic food i don't follow my kids are extremely healthy taller than most kids their ages and perfect weight to height ratio, waste not want not, in my opion iam wasting money on organic food and wasting there fruit and veggies that are more readily available if i stick with only organic foods. but my opinion. i think this article is pretty great considering about 97 percent of what author said is what my doc said and m y paper work says. so yes she does of some scientifc or medical back up. oh and hot dogs a big no no but i love them espescially gas station hot dogs(the worse kind lol)

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      Hthrfthr1222 5 years ago

      Congrats mystic! You and I are at the same point!!!! :-). This is my first and I'm uber nervous. At 2pm I find out my hcg count. They weren't able to see much in the ultrasound. Gl to u girlie! We should keep in touch! Hmn602@gmail.com

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      Sowjanya 5 years ago

      Friends,

      I am pregnant now. I am eating sesame seeds for getting calcium to my baby.After started to eat sesame seeds,my mom said that its not good while pregnancy time.

      I started to eat from 26th week.

      I believe,in the beginning of pregnancy its not good to eat because it may lead to miscarriage by over heat .

      Please reply me if you know the information.

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      Guest 5 years ago

      The amount of misinformation in this post is ridiculous. I hope that people take this with a grain of salt and do a little bit more research first.

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      gopi from chennai 5 years ago

      supper informations

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      Leanne 4 years ago

      can i eat creamy mushroom sauce while I'm pregnant?

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      celia 4 years ago

      are you able to eat hot sauce or hot peppers?

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      Zombiie 4 years ago

      Some of this stuff is true, but honestly what do you want us to so starve ourselfs? We know there will always be risk of getting sick and or our babys getting sick, but this is just rediculous!

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      guest 4 years ago

      Well, we all want safety of our baby to be our first priority. I am a food scientist and food inspector as well as going to be mom.

      For all those women who are saying that THEIR MOM & GRANDMOM WOULD EAT ANYTHING....

      Mostly, in their times they used to cook their food at home. Secondly, research has shown that the diseases which are being caused now by eating food did not use to exist even 10 yrs back. Take the case of toxins found in Atlantic Canada seafood just in 80s & 90s and micro-organisims like Listeria, and BSE & swine flue, we just heard about these few yrs back. And the recent E.coli in beef burgers in North America (Feb 2012).

      And for all already moms who say they had no problem..U WERE LUCKY.

      I understand what happens when the food outbreak occurs, and how it effects the most the pregnant women.It will not knock on your door to tell u when its coming. Any uncooked/unpasteurized foods specially meat, poultry, eggs, milk,cheeses, fish etc. could carry the potentially dangerous micro organisms like E.coli, Listeria, Samlonella and several others. As all these products are very perishable as compared to other foods, so should be always eaten cooked during pregnancy.

      Moreover, seafoods have potential of containing toxins and should be avoided. You need to know that when we are all pregnant our immune system is low as its working hard to accommodate the needs of the baby, so we are at greater risk of getting diseases as compared to when we are not pregnant.

      It is also true that raw fruits like pineapple and papaya contains great amount of protein breaking enzymes and which can potentially cause abortion. However, I do not think any body is eating raw. Eating ripe fruit in moderation would be OK.

      Eating healthy is most important and know what you are eating, read the labels of the processed foods carefully(for best before date, artificial sweetners, pasteurized).

      Best if you can cook your own fresh food at home during your pregnancy. Your Doctor may not have complete info so check with Dietitian as well. Check at your local region or family planning centers if prenatal classes are offered where you can get answers to all your qs. u can also get info at the government health and food inspection department websites for handling of foods associated with food outbreaks.

      PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CARE :)

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      joetta white89 4 years ago

      omg i didn't know i shouldn't have been eating pickles i ate some a day ago i started bleeding a lil i am so scared i just when online to check thing not to eat when pregnant nd i saw things i have benn eating i am like omg i didn't know,this is my first pregnancy i am so scared.

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      Nrak 4 years ago

      Hi, am a little confused about the papaya and pineapple thing not being good for pregnant women. Here in my country, at least every pregnant woman craves for those two plus sugar cane. They do eat them but i have never seen anyone getting a miscourage because they have eaten papaya and pineapple. in fact everyone who comes to visit comes with one of those three because we all know that every pregnant woman loves them. My sister gave birth recently but she is an example to me. she ate papaya and pineapple from day one till when she gave birth. that's why i say that am a bit confused.

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      alka kumari 4 years ago

      is ripen bael safe for pregnant woman

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      sierra rae 4 years ago

      So can I eat hot stuff?! As in hot chips,

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      Kate 4 years ago

      I wanna Know what I can eat and not eat but also Im a very picky eater so I wouldn't be able to eat certain foods that I'm supposed to have. So Im asking for help

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      Vanessa 4 years ago

      If You Cant Eat Pineapple While You Are Pregnant, Then How Come Its Supposted To Help With Labour,?!

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      Courtney 4 years ago

      I knew u couldn't eat fish but I didn't know about cold cuts and hot dogs, unless cooked. Does that mean boiled hot dogs are ok?

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      Abbigail 4 years ago

      To Vanessa, you just answered your own question - if pineapple is meant to help with labour, why would you want to encourage such a reaction in your body before you are due?

      I am 3 months pregnant and have recently changed drs because the first one saw, did not really work with pregnant ppl and just told me to eat everything in moderation. The hospital I am registered with had a list of recommended drs who cooperate with the hospital for pregnant women and he was so different, mentioned most of the things on this list above plus could explain to me why.

      Maybe, some or most women who eat things on this list will be fine, but I know for the health of my baby, I would rather go without some foods for a few months than to regret later if something did go wrong...

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      Sandy 4 years ago

      Now I gotta say, if u don't like what is posted stop complaining and do whatever the hell u want. Blessedmom is only sharing her knowledge and she has clearly stated not everything has scientific backup. Seriously pregnant women with their hormones think they can be rude and talk whatever they want. There are lots of things to eat on the planet so if ure complaining OMG WTH AM I SUPPOSED TO EAT THEN maybe u shouldn't have gotten pregnant in the first place.

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      ME! 4 years ago

      Sandy: shut up. before the pregnant hormones come after you. "maybe you shouldn't have gotten pregnant in the first place?" really? just cause someone is asking for advice on dieting while pregnant you say that? yea you must be some old heartless geezer. take tht mess somewhere else. :)

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      Hira 4 years ago

      please tell me name of foods who are bad for pragnency

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      Sara 3 years ago

      This list is ridiculous. I've tried nearly everything on your "list" and still birthed a healthy baby. Please do yourself a favor and stop misleading these women.

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      kajal pandey 2 years ago

      When I was in 2 month of my pregnancy,I have eaten a big slice of pineapple once.now,I am in third month so I want to know that is this o.k for my baby?

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