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What foods you can eat and avoid during pregnancy

What you can eat when you are pregnant

You should know that there is no such a thing as special diet during pregnancy. But you need to choose a diet that is healthy, balanced and full of vitamins and minerals that you and your baby need. Remember to not to fall into the trap of ‘eating for two’. You need some extra calories only in your third trimester. If you will start much earlier you can regret it. Also, what is really important to know: there are some foods you should not eat when you’re pregnant because they might make you ill or harm your baby.

What you can eat when you are pregnant

The foods below are best avoided during pregnancy:

  • Don’t eat liver or liver products such as liver payer, sausage. They may contain a large amount of vitamin A, which could harm the baby.
  • Don’t eat shark, marlin and swordfish and limit tuna intake. The mercury levels in these fish are high and can damage the baby’s developing nervous system.
  • Don’t eat raw shellfish. They can contain harmful bacteria and viruses that cause food poisoning. Those which are part of a hot meal and has been thoroughly cooked are fine.
  • Don’t eat any type of pate including vegetable pate and mould-ripened soft cheeses, such as Brie or Camembert.
  • Don’t eat peanuts and foods containing peanut products (peanut butter, peanut oil, groundnut oil etc) if you, your partner or any previous children have a history of hayfever, asthma, eczema or other allergies
  • Don’t have more than two portions of oily fish a week (including salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout).

Remember to eat enough of the essential nutrients, such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, for both you and your little one. A healthy balanced diet includes a wide range of foods from 5 different food groups:

What you can eat when you are pregnant

  • starchy carbohydrate foods- bread, breakfast cereals, rice and potatoes etc
  • fruit and vegetables
  • dairy foods- milk, cheese, yoghurts etc
  • protein foods- meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts, soya etc
  • foods containing fat and sugar

During pregnancy, your immune system can be slightly less effective leaving you more vulnerable to tummy bugs. So you should be careful when preparing your food:

  • wash your hand thoroughly before and after handling any food
  • only drink pasteurised or UHT milk
  • eggs need to be thoroughly cooked
  • wash fruit, vegetables and salads thoroughly
  • cook all meat thoroughly

If you will be not forgetting about it You can reduce the risk of salmonella and listeria which can lead to miscarriage and stillbirth, and toxoplasmosis which can cause brain damage, blindness, epilepsy, miscarriage and stillbirth.

Even if you don’t need to be on a special diet during pregnancy is really important to know what foods to avoid and establish some do’s and don’ts for food preparation.


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  • Reply Nadine

    I’m the biggest fan of sushi.. oh my.. this will be very hard one day for me!

    30 April 2018 at 22:36
  • Reply Alyssa from The Sparkly Life

    This is bringing back memories from when I was pregnant! For me the hardest thing was always no soft cheese. I missed it so much!

    30 April 2018 at 22:44
  • Reply Angela Milnes

    This is such a great post about what is good for you and what you should avoid. Pregnancy is such an awesome time but also needs to be a time you lookout the most for what goes in your body.

    1 May 2018 at 17:18
  • Reply Thebloomsite

    I wish I knew about holding off till the third trimester to eat for two

    2 May 2018 at 16:06
  • Reply Fashion Panache by Bhushavali

    That’s an excellent list. As a vegetarian, I need not bother about most of the things in your ‘avoid’ list.

    3 May 2018 at 06:58
  • Reply Pamela R Arteaga

    Hi OHMUMMYMIA, Thanks for the info. I hope you and your little boy are doing great.

    21 September 2021 at 09:28
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