I’ve heard that there are certain foods I should avoid during pregnancy. Is that true?
Yes. Although most foods are safe to eat, some might be problematic during pregnancy. For example, you should avoid or limit your exposure to foods that are more likely to be contaminated with bacteria (such as raw meat and fish), since food-borne infections may cause birth defects or miscarriage. And foods that might contain high levels of mercury (such as certain types of fish) can cause damage to the developing brain of a fetus.
Foods to steer clear of altogether during pregnancy include:
You may have to forego a few things during pregnancy that you normally enjoy. But just think how delicious they’ll taste after waiting 9 months!
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: October 2009
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