Foods: Safe and Unsafe

Foods to Avoid

  1. Fish high in mercury
    1. Shark
    2. Swordfish
    3. King Mackerel
    4. Tilefish
    5. This also includes any fish caught in local water due to risk of other pollution
  2. Food that may contain Listeria
    1. Lunch meat
      1. However, you can eat lunch meat if you cook it to steaming before consuming
    2. Unwashed lettuce
    3. Smoked seafood (specifically nova style, kippered or jerky)
    4. Soft cheeses if unpasteurized such as Brie, Camembert and Feta
    5. Unpasteurized milk
  3. Raw seafood, meats, and shellfish
    1. Meat should be cooked to at least 145 degrees for whole cuts, 160 degrees for ground meats and 165 degrees for chicken breasts
  4. Raw eggs
    1. Yes, that means raw cookie dough L
    2. CDC estimates that 1/20,000 eggs may contain salmonella
  5. Refrigerated pate and meat spreads (whatever that is!)
  6. High intake of caffeine
    1. Recommendation is to avoid during the 1st trimester
    2. During the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, limit to 200mg per day (12 oz of coffee)
  7. Alcohol
  8. Unwashed vegetables
  9. Raw sprouts
    1. Alfalfa
    2. Clover
    3. Radish
  10. Any food that’s been sitting out for greater than 2 hours



Foods to Stock Up On!

  1. Lean Meats
  2. Figs
  3. Beans and Lentils
  4. Leeks and Artichokes
  5. Pumpkin Seeds
  6. Herring, wild salmon
  7. Yogurt, especially Greek!
  8. Avocados
  9. Oats
  10. Edamame


This (Week 3 Awareness and Acceptance of Current Food Safety Recommendations During Pregnancy)  is actually a really interesting article that looked at a group of pregnant women and determined their safety awareness of different types of foods.



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