Food to avoid while you're pregnant
Healthy eating during pregnancy is as much about what foods to avoid as what foods to eat. Your energy requirements increase by 12% while you’re pregnant, so try to eat a varied diet every day, including all five food groups.
Food handling and safety are also very important, so always be extra careful – like making sure that you and your family purchase, prepare, cook and store all your food correctly to ensure it’s safe.
Foods to avoid:
- Processed meats – Ham, salami, luncheon, chicken meat etc.
- Raw meat – Any raw meat, raw chicken or other poultry, beef, pork, etc.
- Poultry – Cold chicken or turkey e.g. used in sandwich bars
- Paté – Refrigerated pate or meat spreads
- Seafood- Raw seafood and ready-to-eat chilled peeled prawns
- Sushi- Do not eat store-bought sushi and if home-made do not use raw meat or seafood and eat immediately
- Cheese- Soft and semi-soft cheese e.g. brie, camembert, ricotta, fetta, blue etc.
- Ice –cream – Soft serve or fried ice-cream
- Dairy- Unpasteurised (raw)
- Eggs- Undercooked or raw eggs, including in food e.g. home-made mayonnaise, chocolate, mousse, aioli etc.
- Salads – Pre-prepared or pre-packaged salads including fruit salad, e.g. from salad bars, smorgasbords
- Bean sprouts- Raw alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts, onion sprouts, sunflower sprouts, clover sprouts, radish sprouts, snowpea sprouts, mung bean and soybean sprouts
- Stuffing- Stuffing from chicken or poultry
- Uncovered or cooled barbecue food
- Cream of custard in bought cakes or slices
- Ready meals or reheated foods must be piping hot all the way through before you eat them