Foods to Avoid While Pregnant

I’m making a list and checking it twice of all the foods I’m going to eat when I am no longer pregnant. You’re probably thinking – huh? Isn’t pregnancy a time to indulge and eat anything you want? That’s true in part, but pregnancy is also a time when your doctor hands you a list of foods you can’t eat because of the risk of illness.

The list of food don’ts include some really yummy ones like:

  • Soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk like feta, blue cheese, queso blanco and queso fresco
  • Raw cookie dough or cake batter
  • Unpasteurized juice or cider
  • Prepared salads such as chicken salad and potato salad
  • Sushi

When you eat the foods, you run the risk of food borne illnesses from E. coli, listeria, salmonella, parasites, or bacteria. Even if you feel good after munching on them, your unborn child could get an infection that could cause serious health problems.

I will admit, I’m doing better with avoiding these forbidden foods the second time around than I did during my first pregnancy and I’m not quite sure why. Maybe it’s because I’m older and a little wiser. I don’t know but I plan to make up for lost time shortly after delivery.

I’m looking forward to having feta cheese on my pizzas and in my salads. I can’t wait to eat a chicken chimichanga with queso blanco sauce (I seriously considering sending the hubby for Mexican take-out while I’m recovering in the hospital). And when backyard barbeque season comes around in the summer, I’m heading straight for the potato salad.

But in the meantime, I’m on my best behavior, reading food labels and sticking to safe options.

For a complete checklist of foods to avoid during pregnancy, visit foodsafety.gov.

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