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5 foods that can be dangerous during pregnancy

These foods can not only lead to premature birth and miscarriage but also harm the health of the baby.

Written by Tania Tarafdar | Updated : March 14, 2016 11:12 PM IST

Foods You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you need to make certain lifestyle changes for the sake of your baby's and your health. Your immunity is low, and you can be at a higher risk of food-borne diseases when you are pregnant. So make sure you completely avoid these foods.

Feta Cheese

Feta cheese: Do not eat feta cheese as it contains the bacteria listeria, which has been linked to causing listeriosis. According to a study published in the Canadian Physical Family journal, it can also lead to premature birth and miscarriage. Cheddar and Swiss cheese are good options. While purchasing cheese, check the labels for listeria-free cheese.  Also Read - Environment Day 2023: Why Time Has Come For Us To Go Beyond Sanitary Napkins?

Unpasteurised Milk

Unpasteurised milk: It contains bacteria like listeria, E.coli, and Campylobacter that can infect the placenta and lead to blood poisoning and infection in the baby, suggests a study published in the journal Pediatrics. So it is best to make sure that the milk you drink is pasteurised.


Seafood: You should strictly avoid sea foods when you are pregnant. It contain higher levels of bacteria and mercury and when ingested in large amounts, could be toxic to the nervous system, suggests a study published in the Food and Nutrition Research journal. Opt for freshwater fishes and don’t eat it more than two times a week. Also Read - World Environment Day: Are Air Conditioners Risky For Heart Health?

Undercooked Foods

Undercooked foods: You are at an increased risk of food poisoning during pregnancy so do not eat undercooked eggs, meat and poultry as they may be contaminated with harmful bacteria, suggests a study published in the Foodborne Pathogens and Disease journal. So make sure that the meat and poultry you consume are fully cooked. Cook eggs till the yolks are firm.

Unpasteurised Juice

Unpasteurised juice: Also do not consume any unpasteurised juice as they may contain E.Coli and toxoplasmosis that can harm your baby’s neurological system claims a study published in the Journal of Canadian Family Physician. So it is best to prepare your fresh juice at home. Also, ensure that you wash the fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove any pesticides or insecticides. Also Read - PCOS Diet: What Are Your Options For A Healthy Breakfast?