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Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy
Liver and liver products such as pates and spreads should be avoided because they contain a high concentration of vitamin A, which can affect the normal development of the foetus in pregnancy.

Similarly, foods containing high levels of the bacteria listeria should be avoided, as they can cause Listeriosis, an illness that can affect the development of the foetus. Listeriosis produces flu-like symptoms - a high temperature and generalised aches and pains. Foods to watch out for include soft cheeses like Camembert and Brie, unpasteurized foods and pat├ęs. Undercooked meat and ready-made meals can also be hazardous, so take extra care when cooking and reheating meals. If you think you might be affected, go and see your GP.

Be careful when eating chicken and eggs. Salmonella infection can often be traced to these types of foods. Eggs should be well cooked before eating so avoid foods containing raw or semi-cooked eggs such as home-made mayonnaise and soft-boiled eggs.

Chicken should also be thoroughly cooked before eating. Symptoms of Salmonella infection include headache, nausea, abdominal pain diarrhoea and fever. If you think you might be suffering from this type of infection you should see your doctor. Again, make sure all meats are thoroughly cooked as Toxoplasmosis is carried in raw meat as well as the faeces of animals. This parasite usually only causes "flu like symptoms" in adults but can cause serious damage in the unborn child.
Other Hazards
Handling certain animals can also cause problems in pregnancy. Sheep and lambs sometimes carry an infection that is dangerous to the unborn child.

Toxoplasmosis can be found in cat faeces, so extra care should be taken when handling cats or when gardening. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly.

Rubella (German Measles) can cause malformations in the unborn baby. Women who are planning a pregnancy should make sure that they are immune to this infection. If you are in doubt, you need to speak to your doctor.

Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication. Even some simple over-the-counter remedies can cause problems in pregnancy.
Useful Tips
Go Ahead!
  • Fruit/vegetables
  • Fish
  • Yoghurt
  • Bread/pasta
  • Hard cheese
  • Liver
  • Soft cheese
  • Pates
  • Raw eggs