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Foods Not To Eat During Pregnancy

20 Oct Foods Not To Eat During Pregnancy

Foods Not To Eat During Pregnancy

Vitamin and fish oil supplements

Do not take fish liver oil supplements, high-dose multivitamin supplements, or any supplements containing vitamin A.


Fish during pregnancy

You can eat most types of fish during pregnancy as fish is good for your health and the development of your baby, but there are some types you must avoid as on our list below

Fish that you should eat less off.


Tuna: Tuna, as tuna contains more mercury than other types of fish. If you take high levels of mercury during pregnancy, this could affect your baby’s developing nervous system.

Avoid having more than two portions of oily fish a week, such as salmon, trout, mackerel and herring, because it can contain pollutants such as dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Remember, fresh tuna is an oily fish, so if you eat two fresh tuna steaks in one week, you shouldn’t eat any other oily fish that week. Tinned tuna doesn’t count as oily fish, so you can eat this on top of the maximum amount of two portions of oily fish.


Shellfish: Always eat cooked rather than raw shellfish (including mussels, lobster, crab, prawns, scallops and clams) when you’re pregnant, as they can contain harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause food poisoning.


Smoked fish: Smoked fish, such as smoked salmon and smoked trout, is considered safe to eat during pregnancy


Milk and yogurts: Take pasteurised milk Don’t drink unpasteurised goats’ or sheep’s milk, or eat foods made from them, such as soft goats’ cheese.

All types of yogurt are fine including bio, low-fat, Just make sure that if you take any homemade yogurt is made with pasteurized milk.


Ice cream: Soft ice creams should be fine to eat when as they are processed with pasteurized milk and eggs,


Caffeine: High levels of caffeine can result in you baby having a low birth weight, which can increase the risk of health problems in later life. Too much caffeine can also cause miscarriage.

Lots of foods have caffine in them, such as coffee, tea (including green tea), chocolate some soft drinks and energy drinks. Also some cold and flu remedies also contain caffeine. Always talk to you midwife, doctor if you are unsure

We are not suggesting you cut out caffeine completely, but don’t have more than 200mg a day. Below is the amount of caffeine found in some food and drinks

• one mug of instant coffee: 100mg
• one mug of filter coffee: 140mg
• one mug of tea: 75mg
• one can of cola: 40mg
• one can of energy drink: 80mg
• one 50g bar of plain (dark) chocolate: most UK brands contain less than 25mg
• one 50g bar of milk chocolate: most UK brands contain less than 10mg


Don’t worry if you occasionally have more than this amount – the risks are small. Try to cut down by taking decaffeinated tea, coffee, mineral water or fruit juice


Herbal and green teas: There’s little information on the safety of herbal and green teas during pregnancy, so it’s best to drink them in moderation. The FSA recommends drinking no more than around four cups of herbal or green tea a day during pregnancy, and to seek advice from your GP or midwife if you are unsure about which herbal products are safe to consume. Bear in mind that green tea contains Caffeine


Liquorice: You can eat liquorice during pregnancy – there is no recommendation to avoid it.


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