Pregnancy comes with its own set of nutrition rules, but then there's also an added safety issue for foods. The do's and don'ts can be rather confusing: Soft cheeses are off-limits. What about cream cheese? Fish is OK in moderation. What about California rolls? Lunch meats are verboten. How about other meats? Here's a detailed list of foods that you should not eat during pregnancy. |
Print this out and carry it with you when you go the grocery store or a restaurant.
Do not eat
*Look for the term "pasteurized" on the label of any cheese you buy. Any cheese (including the soft cheeses mentioned in this article) that is pasteurized is safe to eat during pregnancy. If a label is not available, the cheese is made from unpasteurized milk, you are dining out, or you are traveling overseas, take these precautions.
It is safe to consume lunchmeat, deli meat, cold cuts and hotdogs, if heated thoroughly until steaming.
For more information about these topics, please read the following stories:
Playing It Safe: Deli Meats
Playing it Safe: Eating Fish
Playing it Safe: Soft Cheeses
What Not to Eat: A Handy Chart
A List of Which Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy
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