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What Can I Not Eat While I'm Pregnant?

When pregnant, you will need to adjust your diet to help promote a healthy baby. The FDA recommends several different food restrictions during pregnancy.

Can I eat fish/seafood while pregnant?

Due to high levels of mercury, many fish should not be eaten during any trimester of pregnancy. According to the FDA and the National Academy of Science, the following fish should be avoided:

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Halibut
  • King Mackerel
  • Marlin
  • Oysters
  • Pike
  • Sea Bass
  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • Tilefish
  • Tuna*
  • Walleye
  • White Croaker

*ONLY ONE CAN OF TUNA FISH IS ALLOWED PER MONTH

What is listeriosis and how do I prevent infection?

Listeriosis is an infection caused by eating food containing the bacteria Listeria. Listeria commonly affects those with a health risk, including newborns and pregnant women. While those infected show symptoms including fever, aches, and fatigue, it can lead to stillbirth, miscarriage, and life-threatening complications for the child. Follow the below steps to avoid listeriosis during your pregnancy:

  1. Avoid the intake of pressed luncheon meats.
  2. Avoid cross-contamination from other foods, utensils, and food preparation surfaces with fluid from hot dog packages. Also, wash hands after handling hot dogs.
  3. Do not eat soft cheese such as feta, brie, camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses, fresh mozzarella, and Mexican-style cheeses such as queso blanco and queso fresco. Cheeses that may be eaten include hard cheese; semi-soft cheese such as mozzarella; pasteurized processed cheeses such as slices and spreads; cream cheeses; and cottage cheese.
  4. Do not eat refrigerated pates or meat spreads. Canned or shelf-stable pates and meat spreads may be eaten.
  5. Do not eat refrigerated smoked seafood, unless it is contained in a cooked dish, such as a casserole. Canned or shelf-stable smoked seafood may be eaten.
  6. Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk or eat foods that contain unpasteurized milk.

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