10 Surprising Foods You Really Shouldn’t Eat If You’re Pregnant

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A common Food is unsafe to eat during pregnancy.  Some kinds contains Listeria bacteria and the Toxoplasma parasite because they can easily cross through the placenta and infect the fetus, causing anything from developmental problems like blindness to miscarriage and stillbirth.
E. coli, Campylobacter, and Salmonella,these are less likely to cross the placenta and do serious harm in the womb. They can make the mother severely or even fatally ill by causing vomiting that obviously bad for a growing fetus either.

Foods to avoid during pregnancy


1. Unpasteurised fruit or vegetable juice

Despite the fresh fruits and vegetables are healthy and full of vitamins, some of fruits are unpasteurized. Also rapid chopping and juicing process allow cross contamination .Many of these seemingly harmless fruit and veggie juices have a higher risk of containing bacteria like E. coli, which can make the developing fetus pretty sick.

2. Smoked salmon

A cold smoked or cured fish like salmon lox is not heated high enough to kill certain bacteria, which can cross into the placenta and harm the pregnancy. You must cook Sea food at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit before eating if you’re pregnant. No matter how tempting it looks.

3. Ceviche

Ceviche is surprising for many people because it has the appearance of being cooked and the protein is denatured like it would be in baked or fried fish. No heat in the cooking process means no bacteria  killed.

4. Queso fresco

Most pregnant women know to avoid soft cheeses made with unpasteurized or raw milk, such as brie or camembert. However, they might not know to also steer clear of queso fresco or cotija cheese, crumbly cheese found in many Mexican dishes. It has a similar look and texture to feta. Queso fresco contains unpasteurized milk which isn’t heated, so it can contain foodborne germs like Listeria, which isn’t always harmful to the mother but it can really harm the fetus, especially in the first or second trimester.

5. Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe causes food borne illness outbreaks because melons are ground-growing fruits and bacteria like E. coli occur naturally in soil, so they end up on the rinds. Unless you wash your cantaloupes very well before chopping them, it’s probably best to avoid the melons altogether.

6. Hot dogs, Salami or pepperoni

Packaged hot dogs Salami and pepperoni aren’t really safe to eat during pregnancy. Hot dogs and other cooked and chilled lunch meats are often contaminated with Listeria. The exception to this is if you reheat the hot dogs to over 165 degrees Fahrenheit after taking them out of the packaging, so this will kill any bacteria.


We make Meringue by beating raw egg whites. It’s totally safe to eat when it’s fully cooked like it is in those little hard meringue cookies. If the egg whites still raw in the meringue, they could contain Salmonella and end up making the mother very sick. Even though undercooked meringue have pasteurized eggs is safe to eat in all other stages of life, it really isn’t a good choice for pregnant women.

8. Homemade Caesar or blue cheese dressings.

Pregnant women should avoid eating or tasting anything that may contain raw or undercooked eggs. Although commercial mayonnaise, dressings, and sauces made with pasteurized eggs are safe. Unless the label clearly eggs free or contains commercially pasteurized eggs. Blue cheese dressing is another risk because it is contain raw eggs or soft cheeses.

9. Homemade ice cream

Ice cream probably makes the top of the list. It is completely safe to eat if you buy it  from a store but the rules change when the ice cream is homemade which contains raw egg yolks to give a creamy texture.
So it’s best to stay away unless you’re positive it’s egg-free. Also, the homemade ice cream also has cookie dough, then definitely stay away that’s a double whammy of raw eggs. So stick to store-bought until the bun is out of the oven.

10. Hollandaise sauce

It’s difficult to prepare properly because it involves very undercooked egg yolks to get the right texture. Hollandaise will contain raw eggs, which means there’s also a high risk of it containing Salmonella. If  sits out too long, it can rapidly grow other bacteria that cause food borne illness. So definitely stay away during pregnancy.


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