General Article Healthy pregnancy: foods to avoid when pregnant

Topic Selected: Pregnancy Book Volume: 394

A nutritious and balanced diet is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. However, certain foods and drinks can increase the risk of harm to your unborn baby. Knowing which foods to avoid and choosing safe alternatives will ensure both your own and your baby’s health. However, if you have accidentally eaten something potentially risky, there is still a low chance that it will cause harm. If you are worried about your intake or develop symptoms of food poisoning, always contact your doctor who can further advise you.

Why should pregnant people avoid certain foods? 

During pregnancy it is important to avoid some foods that could cause harm to the unborn baby. Some components of food or supplements, as well as infectious agents like bacteria and their toxins, viruses or parasites, may cause foodborne illness, also known as food poisoning.

Food poisoning is usually mild and will only show mild flu-like and gastrointestinal symptoms such as fever, vomiting or diarrhoea. However, as th...

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