1. Raw Eggs (or partially cooked)
We don’t know why you’d want to eat raw eggs in the first place, but if you are pregnant and going to eat eggs, you should make sure that they’ve been cooked well. The reason why raw eggs should be avoided is because they may contain Salmonella. This can cause cramps, nausea, diarrhea and fever or in rare cases, even miscarriages.
2. Soft Cheese (or semi-soft cheese)
Usually cold, soft cheese also tops the list of foods that pregnant women should avoid. However you may give into your cheese temptation if the cheese is thoroughly cooked. Don’t forget to eat it while it’s hot!
3. Leftovers or pre-packaged meals are a complete no-no
Have you heard of the bacteria called Listeria? If not, you better know that it causes a disease called Listeriosis. For a pregnant woman, it can cause flu like symptoms. But if the listeria is transmitted to your unborn baby, it may cause miscarriage or premature labor.
4. Undercooked or raw meat
we suggest that you give up pleasing your taste buds for the next 9 months of your life because undercooked or raw meat are definitely amongst foods that pregnant women should avoid. Besides the possibility of containing Salmonella, these foods may also cause Toxomoplasis. During pregnancy, Toxomoplasis may cause brain damage to your unborn child.
5. Avoid certain types of fish
Fish is an integral part of any healthy diet, including that of a pregnant woman. However, certain fish like Catfish, Swordfish, Broadbill, Sea Perch, Southern Blue Fin Tuna and Deep Sea Perch are known to contain high mercury levels and hence should be avoided by pregnant women. The high mercury levels in these fishes may inhibit the development of your unborn baby.