Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy, Why and a Great Book

(The information below is based on UK Guidelines)

1. Pate – high in potentially toxic Vitamin A and may contain Listeria.
2. Raw or partially cooked eggs – risk of Salmonella poisoning.
3. Raw or undercooked meat and fish – risk of food poisoning bacteria and parasitic infection ie., TOXOPLASMOSIS which may damage the retina of the eye. Toxoplasmosis parasites can also be transferred through cat faeces and via garden soil.
4. Liver products – contain high levels of vitamin A – toxic to a developing foetus.
5. Some types of fish – avoid shark, swordfish and marlin or any others with potentially high Mercury content. High levels of Mercury found in these fish may affect the developing nervous system of the foetus.
6. Raw shellfish (filter-feeders in general) – risk of concentrated levels of  poisoning bacteria.

7. Alcohol – deemed as toxic to a developing foetus.
8. Caffeine – deemed as toxic to a developing foetus.
9. Peanuts and peanut products – a family history of nut allergy or other allergic reactions such as hay fever, asthma and eczema may place an unborn baby in a higher risk group for developing a peanut allergy later in life
10. Soft and ripened cheeses such as Camembert and blue vein cheeses - risk of Listeria poisoning.

And of course I had to a balance the 'No' with a little 'YES!'  - I love this book, full of natural foods with their very natural benefits by Johnny Bowden.



  Always, please seek the advice and help of your Health Care Provider if you have any food safety concerns during your Pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding.


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