10 Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Having a baby is an exciting time that often inspires women to make healthier lifestyle choices and, if needed, work toward a healthy body weight. When you're pregnant, what you eat and drink is the main source of nourishment for your baby. In fact, the link between what you consume and the health of your baby is much stronger than once thought.

If you are pregnant it is advised that you avoid the following high risk foods:

  1. soft and semi soft cheeses
  2. cold cooked chicken
  3. cold processed meats
  4. prepared cold salads
  5. raw and smoked seafood
  6. soft serve ice cream and thick shakes
  7. unpasteurised dairy products including goats milk
  8. raw eggs and food containing raw eggs
  9. raw or undercooked meats
  10. raw or lightly cooked sprouts

A healthy diet ensures you have a good store of nutrients to meet the demands of your developing baby, and keeps you healthy and well. Healthy eating during pregnancy may also protect your baby against disease in later life.To make sure you get all the vitamins and minerals that you and your baby need, you should aim for a diet that includes a range of healthy foods.