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What not to eat when pregnant

Obviously, you should try to eat a balanced diet, but you should also be aware of which foods to avoid or handle with extra care during pregnancy. You see, some foods could put you and your baby at risk.

This is bad news for cheese fans because you’ll need to avoid unpasteurized cheeses and milk, soft and semi-soft cheeses such as Brie or Camembert, and blue-veined cheeses such as Stilton or Danish Blue (unless they have been pasteurized). Raw or lightly cooked meat is a no-no, as is uncooked liver, liver-based foods, and, no doubt to your grandma’s surprise, cod liver oil. Also on the "steer clear" list are unpasteurized cider and egg nog, soft-boiled eggs or eggs used raw in foods such as homemade mayonnaise and desserts like mousses.

You should also avoid the following foods while pregnant

  • Raw fish (especially shellfish, oysters, and clams)
  • Undercooked meat, poultry, seafood
  • Hot dogs and deli meats (for example, non-dried deli-meats, pâté, refrigerated smoked seafood and fish)
  • Raw or lightly cooked eggs (homemade Caesar vinaigrette, runny eggs)
  • Unpasteurized milk products, soft and semi-soft cheeses like brie or Camembert
  • Unpasteurized juices, unpasteurized apple cider
  • Raw sprouts (especially alfalfa sprout)


Government of Canada. Healthy Eating and Pregnancy. 2014.