Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy


Food intake plays an important role for a healthy pregnancy. Expectant mother with sufficient nutrient food will lead to healthy pregnancy, and subsequently the baby will be born healthily. Baby’s growth inside the womb heavily depends on the mother’s food consumption during pregnancy.


There are many questions among expectant mother on what are the foods to be taken lesser than usual because of the risk it imposes, and what are the food that strictly prohibited during pregnancy. The main reason on why the following list of foods are to be taken less is because the possibility of babies getting infection since baby’s immunity system are still very fragile:

  1. Raw meat (including sushi) or uncooked food. It may still contain parasite which cause serious infection to your baby and also harmful to pregnant mother
  2. Unhygienic vegetables. Do remember to wash your vegetables before consumption, especially when you take raw vegetables such as salad.
  3. Uncooked or raw poultries (chicken and egg), including chicken liver which can cause diarrhoea to pregnant mother. Plates and cooking utensils which have contact with these shall be washed as well.
  4. Big fish such as tuna, seabass, or shark, due to high mercury content. This will impact the baby’s nerve if taken in big quantity. However, you can still enjoy this fish in small quantity.
  5. Soft cheese such as brie, camembert, blue veined, or cheese from goat milk or sheep, and unpasteurized milk. These products might contain bacteria which can cause miscarriage or premature birth, and also blood poisoning.
  6. Alcohol. For decades, researchers have known that heavy drinking during pregnancy can cause birth defects. Although heavy drinking can obviously be harmful, the risks of light and moderate drinking aren’t as clear. Some women have higher levels of enzyme that breaks down alcohol. David Garry, DO, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and chair of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Task Force shared, “If a pregnant woman with low levels of this enzyme drinks, her baby may be more susceptible to harm because the alcohol may circulate in her body for a longer period of time.”
  7. Drink contains caffeine such as coffee, tea, better to be minimised to 1 cup per day because it may affect baby’s weight, miscarriage or lack of iron. A study found that the risk of stillbirth more than doubled in women who consumed eight cups of coffee or more each day compared with women who didn’t drink coffee.


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