Don’T Eat That!

We’re all about you indulging a little during your pregnancy. But according to FoodSafety.gov, there are some foods you should avoid… for the safety of your unborn child.

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Soft cheese

Because soft cheeses like Bried, Camembert and queso fresco are made from unpasteurized milk, they may contain E. coli or Listeria. Avoid drinking unpasteurized milk as well. Check the label to ensure that the cheese you are buying is pasteurized or opt for hard cheeses like cheddar or Swiss during your pregnancy.

Unpasteurized juice and fresh squeezed juices should also be avoided as they can contain E. coli as well.

Raw cake batter and cookie dough

Believe me, I do my share of bowl scraping after making cookie or cake batter. Ditch this habit during pregnancy, however, as uncooked cake batter and cookie dough could make you sick with Salmonella.

Raw or undercooked fish and sushi

FoodSafety.gov advises against eating fish unless it has been cooked to 145 degrees F. Certain fish that contain high levels of mercury like shark, swordfish and gold or white snapper, should be avoided. The site recommends up to 12 ounces of fish per week that are lower in mercury like shrimp, salmon and catfish.

Shellfish should also be cooked to 145 degrees F before eating.

Prepared salads

Deli salads like egg, chicken, seafood and tuna should be avoided during pregnancy as they could contain Listeria. If you’re craving an egg salad sandwich, make your own at home.

In addition to the no-no list of foods, FoodSafety advises exercising caution when eating foods like hot dogs, deli meat, eggs, ice cream, undercooked meat and poultry and smoked seafood.

For the entire list of food to avoid or be extra cautious with, go to FoodSafety.gov. >>

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