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8 foods to avoid during pregnancy

Is zucchini safe to eat while pregnant? What about fried ice cream? Let us straighten it out for you with this list of 8 foods to avoid during pregnancy and why.
Poached pear and quince with almond crumble

Pass on pre-prepared fruit salad, instead poach your fruits or eat them fresh.

Australian Women's Weekly

When it comes to pregnancy, the best advice on what to eat is to eat plenty of healthy foods. However, working out out what not to eat is equally important for your pregnancy.

Food risks

The most important food-related risks for pregnancy are listeria and salmonella. These bacteria can have a serious impact on the mum-to-be and her unborn child. Listeria causes listeriosis and is most frequently found in raw or undercooked foods, or foods such as pre-prepared meals and salads. Salmonella is the most common cause of food poisoning and is usually caused by raw eggs, undercooked meat and poultry.

Foods to avoid

Minimise the risk of harm for both mum and bub by sidestepping these foods:

Baked Ricotta

Soft cheeses can be eaten in pregnancy if cooked first, like baked ricotta.

• Processed meats (unless they’ve been cooked to 75°)

• Raw meat (forget the steak tartare and carpaccio!)

• Cold, cooked chicken (like you’d find in a sandwich bar)

• Pate and meat spreads

• Pre-prepared salads, pre-cut fruit and vegetables

• Sushi, whether it’s got raw fish or cooked fillings

• Soft and semi-soft cheeses, including brie, camembert, ricotta, feta and blue (stick with hard cheeses such as cheddar and parmesan)

• Soft-serve ice cream and deep-fried ice cream

Make “Fresh is best” your mantra when it comes to choosing what to eat, which makes cooking from scratch a no-brainer when you’re pregnant. Fruits and vegetables like zucchini, squash, and carrot are safe to eat raw, as long as they have been washed well first but you can add some peace of mind by cooking them to over 75°first to kill any risky bacteria.

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