Preparing for pregnancy - Food & drinks to avoid

  • Multi-vitamins – as too much vitamin A can be harmful. Instead take a supplement specially designed for pregnant women.
  • Raw or undercooked meat.
  • Seafood such as raw shellfish.
  • Fish containing mercury such as swordfish or shark or marlin. Tuna should be limited to one steak or two cans per week.
  • Bagged salad
  • Soft ice cream
  • Soft cheeses
  • Pate
  • Liver
  • Fish liver oil
  • Raw eggs – eggs should be well cooked and the yolks should be firm and not runny.
  • Peanuts – if there are food allergies in your immediate family. You should also avoid them if there is a history of asthma or eczema.
  • Caffeine should be limited, as research has shown an increased risk of miscarriage, in women who consumed excessive amounts of tea/coffee/cola. The advised limit is 300mg of caffeine per day, which is approximately 6 cups of tea or 3 cups of coffee.
  • Alcohol – no more than 2 units per week. Although some experts are now recommending that alcohol is avoided completely. If you are unsure then your midwife will be happy to advise you.
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