Top 9 Foods and Beverages to Avoid When Pregnant

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by Lindsay Hutton

Eating for two? Indulging in cravings can be a fun part of your pregnancy, but there are certain precautions to take when it comes to food safety and food-borne illnesses. Before you reach for your next snack or meal, read this list of foods to avoid while pregnant to make sure you (and your baby!) stay healthy and safe.

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Raw Foods


Pregnancy suppresses your immune system, making you more susceptible to bacterial infections like E. Coli and salmonella. Therefore, raw foods that may contain these and other harmful bacteria should be avoided.

This includes sushi and raw seafood, clams, oysters, and other shellfish, raw or undercooked meat, undercooked poultry, soft-boiled and poached eggs, Caesar salads, cookie dough containing raw eggs, and raw sprouts.

All fish, beef, lamb, and pork should be cooked to 145 degrees, ground meat should be cooked to 160 degrees, and all poultry and ground poultry should reach 165 degrees.

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