Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy

Wellness & Nutrition ⋅ Health in Pregnancy

Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy:

Type of Food Examples Reason
Raw Meat
  • Uncooked seafood
  • Rare/undercooked beef/poultry
  • Sushi
Risk of contamination with bacteria, toxoplasmosis and salmonella.
Deli Meat Including hot dogs Risk of contamination with Listeria - which can lead to miscarriage.
Fish (Mercury) Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, Tilefish High levels of mercury which may cause developmental delay and/or brain damage in the fetus.
Fish (Pollutants) Bluefish, Striped bass, Salmon, Pike, Trout, Walleye If obtained from contaminated lakes/rivers that may be exposed to high levels of pollutants.
Raw Shellfish Oysters, Clams, Mussels
Raw Eggs Homemade Caesar dressing, mayonnaise, homemade ice cream or custards, Hollandaise sauces, raw cookie dough Possible exposure to salmonella.
Soft Cheeses Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, Feta, Gorgonzola, Blue cheese, Mexican-style cheeses (queso blanco, queso fresco) May contain bacteria (Listeria)
  • Avoid in first trimester.
  • Limit to fewer than 300mg per day in pregnancy.
May prevent absorption of folic acid and iron.

  • BCMS - Bexar County Medical Society Member
  • San Antonio Obstetrics & Gynecology Society Member
  • Board Certified American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Se Habla Español & Hindi
  • Bronze Addy Award 2011 Best Websites in San Antonio
  • Join us on Facebook!
  • Follow us on Twitter!
  • Join us on Google Plus!
  • Join us on LinkedIn!
  • Check-in with Foursquare!
  • Search us on Yelp!

Ask The Doctor

Current News


Metropolitan Methodist
1303 McCullough Ave Suite 237, San Antonio, TX 78212
Office: (210) 222-2694|Fax: (210) 222-2565
MON-THUR: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
FRI: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Methodist Stone Oak Hospital
1139 E Sonterra Blvd Suite 260, San Antonio, TX 78258
Office: (210) 222-2694|Fax: (210) 222-2565
MON: 9 AM - 1 PM  |  WED: 1 PM - 5 PM