Foods to Avoid When You’re Pregnant

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Don't Eat That!
Thinking about whipping up a ham and Brie sandwich with a tall glass of juice to help wash it down? If you’re eating for two, that’s not a good idea. Read on to find out which foods to avoid during pregnancy.



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Soft Cheeses
AVOID: Any cheese made from unpasteurized milk, including Brie, feta, Camembert, Roquefort, queso blanco, and queso fresco
REASON: May contain E. coli or Listeria
EAT THIS INSTEAD: Hard cheeses, such as cheddar or Swiss. Or, check the label and make sure that the cheese is made from pasteurized milk


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Raw Cookie Dough or Cake Batter
AVOID: Any unbaked sweets
REASON: May contain Salmonella
EAT THIS INSTEAD: Any baked treats


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Certain Kinds of Fish
AVOID: Shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish
REASON: Contains high levels of mercury
EAT THIS INSTRAD: Eat up to 12 ounces a week of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury, such as shrimp, salmon, pollock, and catfish. Limit consumption of albacore tuna to 6 ounces per week.


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AVOID: Sushi rolls that contain raw fish
REASON: May contain parasites or bacteria
EAT THIS INSTEAD: Sushi rolls that have either cooked fish or no fish


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Unpasteurized Juice, Cider, or Milk
AVOID: Fresh squeezed juices from your local farm and milk right from the udder
REASON: May contain E. coli
DRINK THIS INSTEAD: Pasteurized juice, cider, or milk. Bring unpasteurized drinks to a rolling boil and boil for at least 1 minute before drinking


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Store-Bought Salads
AVOID: Salads made in a store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, and seafood salad
REASON: May contain Listeria
EAT THIS INSTEAD: Make salads at home, following the food safety basics: clean, separate, cook, and chill


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Raw Shellfish
AVOID: Raw oysters and clams
REASON: May contain Vibrio bacteria
EAT THIS INSTEAD: Cooked shellfish


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AVOID: Raw alfalfa, clover, mung bean, and radish
REASON: May contain E. coli or Salmonella
EAT THIS INSTEAD: Cooked sprouts


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Cold Cuts
AVOID: Hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented or dry sausage, and other deli-style meat and poultry
REASON: May contain Listeria
EAT THIS INSTEAD: Even if the label says that the meat is precooked, reheat these meats to steaming hot or 165° F before eating


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