10 foods pregnant women should avoid


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Every dad and dad-to-be should know the list of foods mums-to-be should avoid during pregnancy. Here's a quick summary cheat sheet*:

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  1. Cold deli meats or pâté
  2. Ready-made salads
  3. Soft cheeses like brie, ricotta and blue vein
  4. Sprouted seeds and bean sprouts
  5. Sushi and especially not raw fish
  6. Unpasteurized milk
  7. Raw egg and foods with raw egg like mayonnaise, aioli or tiramisu
  8. Raw meats
  9. Ice cream
  10. Stuffing (chicken / poultry stuffing)


And in general any food that is not fresh and has been sitting on food counters for a while (e.g. pre-prepared sandwiches) or that has been in the fridge for longer than 12h. Also avoid fruit juices sold by the glass (as these are generally unpasteurized) and drinks with lots of stimulants (energy drinks, coffee, tea, etc) or alcohol.

The list has been compiled based on information from the US FDA and Australian (NSW) Food Authority.

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