Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy (and Good Alternatives)

FISH HIGH IN MERCURY *Shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish Eat 2 servings (12 ounces) week: Salmon, cooked shrimp, canned light tuna, pollock, catfish, sole, flounder Eat 1 serving (6 ounces) week: Albacore tuna fish, tuna steaks (albacore, yellowfin, bluefin, bigeye) *Self-caught freshwater fish: check local advisories
RAW MILK OR RAW MILK PRODUCTS Pasteurized milk or milk products Check label: look for items made with pasteurized milk
RAW OR UNDERCOOKED MEAT, POULTRY, FISH * sushi/sashimi, ceviche, tartar Meats, poultry, fish that is cooked well-done *meat should not look pink & juices should be clear *wash hands, cutting boards, work surfaces & utensils often *cook to proper temperatures *cook shellfish until the shell opens
HOT DOGS AND DELI MEATS *turkey, ham, salami, bologna Hot dogs and deli meats that are cooked until steaming hot or choose sandwiches with prepared hot meats (i.e. chicken, meatballs)
AVOID SOFT CHEESES *blue cheese, brie, feta, camembert, Roquefort, Mexican style cheeses (queso blanco fresco) Cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt and buttermilk Processed cheeses (i.e. American) Hard cheeses (i.e. swiss, cheddar, parmesan) Semi-soft cheeses (i.e. mozzarella) *always check label to see if pasteurized
UNWASHED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES Fresh, well-cleaned fruits & vegetables & cooked sprouts
RUNNY EGGS & FOODS MADE FROM RUNNY EGGS *homemade Caesar salad dressings, raw batter, cookie dough, eggnog, béarnaise sauce, hollandaise sauce, aioli sauce, mayonnaise, homemade ice cream Eggs that are cooked until the white & yolk are firm Consume commercial mayonnaise, dressing & sauces that contain pasteurized eggs *always check label & ask waiter for ingredients
REFRIGERATED SMOKED SEAFOOD *salmon, trout, whitefish, cod, tuna, or mackerel; labeled "nova-style, lox, kippered, smoked, jerky" Canned or shelf-stable smoked seafood
REFRIGERATED PATES OR MEAT SPREADS Canned or shelf-stable pâtés and meat spreads
UNPASTERUIZED JUICES *fresh-squeezed sold by the glass at farmer's markets, roadside stands, or in some juice bars Frozen concentrate, canned juices & refrigerated juices labeled as pasteurized



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