Soft cheeses with white rinds
Don’t eat mould-ripened soft cheese (cheeses with a white rind) such as brie and camembert. This includes mould-ripened soft goats’ cheese such as chevre. These cheeses are only safe to eat in pregnancy if they’ve been cooked.
Soft blue cheeses
You should also avoid soft blue-veined cheeses such as Danish blue, gorgonzola and roquefort. Soft blue cheeses are only safe to eat in pregnancy if they’ve been cooked.
The advice to avoid some soft cheeses is because they are less acidic than hard cheeses and contain more moisture, which means they can be an ideal environment for harmful bacteria, such as listeria, to grow in.
Its fine to eat raw or lightly cooked fish in dishes such as sushi when you’re pregnant as long as any raw wild fish used to make it has been frozen first. This is because occasionally wild fish contains small parasitic worms that could make you ill. Freezing kills the worms and makes raw fish safe to eat. Cooking will also kill them.
The safest way to enjoy sushi is to choose the fully cooked or vegetarian varieties, which can include: cooked seafood, vegetables, avocado, fully cooked egg.
Avoid all types of pâté as it can contain the bacteria listeria and this can be harmful to your baby.
Raw eggs & food containing raw or partially-cooked eggs: both the white and yolk should be solid. This is to avoid the risk of salmonella.
Limit your caffeine intake. Aim for no more than 4 cups per day of tea, coffee or caffeine containing drinks. Limit tea and coffee to in-between meals so that the absorption of iron from foods is not affected.
If there is a family history of allergy, you may help prevent your baby from developing a nut allergy by avoiding peanuts during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Shark, swordfish and marlin
These are not suitable because they may contain high levels of mercury. Tuna may also contain mercury, so do not eat more than 2 medium-sized cans 140g (5oz) drained weight or 1 fresh tuna steak 140g (5oz) cooked weight a week.
Unpasteurized milk along with uncooked and unwashed food, is a vehicle for carrying pathogens that can make you extremely sick. Raw milk is at a significantly higher risk of being contaminated with Listeria compared to pasteurized milk, which can result in the disease Listeriosis.
Raw or Undercooked Meat
Try not to eat rare meat because of the potential risk of toxoplasmosis. Cook all meat and poultry thoroughly so it’s steaming hot and there’s no trace of pink or blood – especially with poultry, pork, sausages and minced meat, including burgers.