Foods You Can't Eat When Pregnant

Updated on January 6, 2015

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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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        samantha 

        7 months ago

        I had sex during my ovulation just after my periods and since then I slept all day felt tired most of the time but that was 2 months ago and even though I thought I was pregnant that didn't stop me from sleeping around without a condom so eventually I got my periods and it a few days before it was just spotting and after that it was a heavy flow with severe cramps but now this month it seems like my periods are late is it possible that I'm pregnant ?

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        Carly 

        11 months ago

        I had birds eye fish fingers today full cooked but tasted uncooked is it a sign of pregnancy as iv not had nothing like this in my first pregnancy

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        kajal pandey 

        4 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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        Sara 

        6 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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        Hira 

        6 years ago

        please tell me name of foods who are bad for pragnency

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        ME! 

        6 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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        Sandy 

        6 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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        Abbigail 

        7 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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        Courtney 

        7 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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        Vanessa 

        7 years ago

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

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        Kate 

        7 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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        sierra rae 

        7 years ago

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

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        alka kumari 

        7 years ago

        is ripen bael safe for pregnant woman

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        Nrak 

        7 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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        joetta white89 

        7 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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        guest 

        7 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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        Zombiie 

        7 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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        celia 

        7 years ago

        are you able to eat hot sauce or hot peppers?

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        Leanne 

        7 years ago

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

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        gopi from chennai 

        7 years ago

        supper informations

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        Guest 

        7 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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        Sowjanya 

        7 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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        Hthrfthr1222 

        7 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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        mystic 

        7 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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        Hthrfthr 

        7 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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        angela 

        7 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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        tonia 

        7 years ago

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

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        Nicole 

        7 years ago

        Can you eat nuts? And

        Can you eat carb sticks?

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        kirsty-h94 

        7 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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        asma 

        7 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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        amytu 

        7 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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        Nikita 

        7 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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        johncimble 

        7 years ago from Bangkok

        great information but i only know about alcohol lol

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        mery 

        7 years ago

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

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        nipa 

        7 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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        Chika 

        7 years ago

        Should i take water melon during pregancy.

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        Jen 

        7 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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        Piegirl 

        7 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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        Edna Bosomtwi 

        7 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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        cassey 

        7 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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        GEMZ 

        7 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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        sarah 

        7 years ago

        can i eat mushrooms

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        Nicole cortez 

        7 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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        lei 

        7 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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        Kat 

        7 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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        Anna 

        7 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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        sana 

        7 years ago

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

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        Lacey 

        7 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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        tracy 

        7 years ago

        is it ok to drink semi skimmed milk

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        siham 

        7 years ago

        can i eat almonds and sesame seeds during my pregnancy thankyou

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        88Keys 

        7 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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        Jeepjunkie 

        7 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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        nikki 

        7 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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        shelley 

        7 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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        never tell name  

        7 years ago

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

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        Siobhan  

        7 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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        Tracy B 

        7 years ago from Canada

        Great information and explainations.

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        Mayu 

        7 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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        Melba 

        7 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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        alisa 

        8 years ago

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

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        rill 

        8 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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        rill 

        8 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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        Michelle 

        8 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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        mommy 19 

        8 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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        MarkMAllen15 

        8 years ago

        Learn more, glad to visit this one.

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        momoftwo 

        8 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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        Cara 

        8 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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        pavithra 

        8 years ago

        Thanks for giving such a good information

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        molson5070 

        8 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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        Kat 

        8 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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        ROSE 

        8 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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        Ying 

        8 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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        Emma 

        8 years ago from Houston TX

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

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        Roxy 

        8 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 

        8 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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        priya 

        8 years ago

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

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        mugi 

        8 years ago

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

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        MANDII 

        8 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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        Sally Anne 

        8 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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        austin 

        8 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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        PurpleGirl 

        8 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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        fucsia 

        8 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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        Dipa 

        8 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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        anon 

        8 years ago

        What about stevia as a natural sweetener?

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        Celly 

        8 years ago

        IS CALAMARI GOOD TO EAT WHILE PREGNANT?

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        Sona 

        8 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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        Hana 

        8 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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        Castaneda 

        8 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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        Melissa 

        8 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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        Danielle 

        8 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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        kelly 

        8 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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        Sabrina626 

        8 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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        Keny Moond 

        8 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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        secondmom 

        8 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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        Pregnancy Diet  

        8 years ago

        The clear NO NO is nicotine and alcohol!

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        Radhavenkatesh 

        8 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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        ash 

        8 years ago

        what helthy diet do you need when you are pregany

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        Peter Schermack 

        8 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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        Joanna Slodownik 

        8 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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        gremlinjen 

        8 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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