Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

By: proctor - January 16, 2008
Michelle Moss from "Pregnancy Without Pounds" wrote a newsletter today that answers a lot of questions some of you may have regarding which foods are safe to eat during pregnancy. Keep in mind there is a lot of information out there regarding DO's and DON'TS, but I think that if you can do without some foods that may harm your developing fetus, go ahead and omit them from your diet while you are pregnant and nursing.

Babies do not have the antibodies and immune systems that adults do, so it may be "better to be safe than sorry". It is always best to talk to your ob-gyn about your actions during pregnancy. The ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) rewrites their guidelines often, so you can also check their website at www.acog.org

Here's a question from one of my subscribers...

“Hi Michelle,

I have just found out that I am pregnant and I would like to know which foods I should be eating to ensure my baby gets all the nutrients she needs.

I am so confused! I have been told by some people not to eat eggs or peanuts - is this true?

I’d love to know the TRUTH since I eat both of these things all the time!!


My Comments:

"Great question Donna!

You’re right on both counts – firstly, eating for two is certainly a whole different ball game. And secondly, now that you’re pregnant you’re going to have to get used to everyone wanting to share their 2 cents with you regarding what you should or shouldn’t be eating.

Because there is so much conflicting information out there (every expert, doctor or friend has a different theory), it’s important to know the truth.

Your top priority is to avoid foods that can cause harm in your little one, like Listeria, a bacterial infection that can lead to miscarriage, infection of the newborn, and other complications.

Two Easy Ways to Avoid Harmful Bacteria:

1. Stay away from things like soft cheeses (such as Brie), raw fish (including sushi), and undercooked meats.

2. Avoid eating leftovers if at all possible. If you’re anything like most other women out there, you’ll probably find this a challenge, so if you do find yourself eating leftovers, heat them really well to kill off any bacteria that may have formed.

And what about the peanuts and eggs?

Peanuts are okay (unless of course you’re allergic), but definitely stay away from raw eggs.

Did you also know that you should avoid cold rice?
To find out EXACTLY which foods you need to eat and which ones to avoid (and why you should avoid cold rice!), see inside my ultimate pregnancy guide, Pregnancy Without Pounds™.

Feel Good and Eat Well :)
Your Friend, Michelle"

To read more from Michelle Moss, visit her website at PregnancyWithoutPounds.com

About the Submitter


I have been an ACE certified personal trainer since 2000 who has trained over 3000 hours. I specialize in pre- and post-natal fitness, stretching, running, and weight loss. Yoga is also a passion for me and a way of life. I received my Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification in India and love to share the calmness, strength, and openness that yoga offers to people of all ages and abilities.

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