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10 common foods to avoid in pregnancy

As a general rule, it is best to avoid anything raw, partially raw or undercooked. The reason? You can contract salmonella, listeria and other infections that can be passed on to the unborn child. Hence, do not eat raw or half-cooked eggs.

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Likewise, you should avoid eating pate including those made from vegetables as it can contain listeria and other bacteria.

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If you love your meat a bit on the raw side, stay off it for a while or for a good nine months. Undercooked meat can increase your chances of contracting toxoplasmosis. The parasite which can be found in raw or partly-cooked meat can infect your baby.

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If you love your meat a bit on the raw side, stay off it for a while or for a good nine months. Undercooked meat can increase your chances of contracting toxoplasmosis. The parasite which can be found in raw or partly-cooked meat can infect your baby.

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Liver and products that list it as an ingredient can contain vitamin A. Excessive amounts of vitamin A is not good for your baby.

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Many cold cuts of meat are not cooked and are just cured or fermented. These include salami, pepperoni, Parma ham, chorizo and sausages. They can contain parasites that can harm your unborn child.

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In general, it is safe to eat fish. However, you should avoid certain types of fishes such as swordfish, marlin or shark. Limit the amount of fresh tuna you eat as this variety of fish can have higher levels of mercury than others.

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In general, it is safe to eat fish. However, you should avoid certain types of fishes such as swordfish, marlin or shark. Limit the amount of fresh tuna you eat as this variety of fish can have higher levels of mercury than others.

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Too much caffeine in your system can lead to low-weight babies. Excessive amounts can also cause miscarriages. Limit intake of caffeinated products to 200 ml a day.

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Avoid taking multivitamins and fish oil supplements containing loads of vitamin A.

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Peanuts are not really forbidden whilst pregnant, but if you have an allergy to them, avoid eating these nuts.

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Certain kinds of cheese are off limits, too such as those with moulds and white rinds. Hard cheeses such as parmesan and cheddar are safe to eat.

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Certain kinds of cheese are off limits, too such as those with moulds and white rinds. Hard cheeses such as parmesan and cheddar are safe to eat.

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