During pregnancy, you’ll naturally want to ensure you eat well, to keep you and your growing baby healthy. Some foods are best avoided
It’s best to avoid:
- Soft mould-ripened and blue cheeses like camembert, brie, chevre and stilton
- Unpasteurised milk
- Pate, including vegetable ones
- Raw meat such as parma ham
- Raw or uncooked eggs including undercooked scrambled eggs or cheesecake and other recipes that use raw eggs
- Soft whip ice cream
- Raw shellfish
- Shark, swordfish and marlin
Limit these foods:
- Tuna – it’s best to have no more than two steaks or four cans a week
- Oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon – try not to have more than two portions a week
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How much alcohol is too much?
It is recommended by the Government that pregnant women and those trying to conceive should avoid drinking alcohol completely. If you do choose to drink alcohol, try not to drink more than 1 to 2 units no more than once or twice a week. There is no proven 'safe amount' of alcohol as any amount can pass through the placenta to the baby.
One unit of alcohol is half a pint of ordinary-strength beer, lager or cider, half a standard (175ml) glass of wine or a single 25ml measure of spirits.
Is it ok to eat peanuts?
In the past, advice about peanuts said that if you or the baby's immediate family had certain allergic conditions such as hayfever, asthma or eczema, you might wish to avoid eating peanuts and peanut products whilst pregnant.
However, results from recent studies are now unclear about the link between eating peanuts during pregnancy and peanut allergies. Therefore, The Food Standards Agency has advised that if you are not allergic to peanuts yourself, you can choose to eat peanuts during pregnancy. Read the advice from the Foods Standard Agency.
Do I have to stop drinking coffee?
There is no need to stop having caffeine altogether, but it’s advisable to limit the amount you have in a day to a total of no more than 200mg. To give you an idea of how much this might be:
- 2 mugs of instant coffee (100mg each)
- 1 mug of filter coffee (140mg each)
- 2 mugs of tea (75mg each)
- 5 cans of cola (up to 40mg each)
- 2 cans of 'energy' drink (up to 80mg each)
- 4 (50g) bars of dark chocolate (up to 50 mg each). As a rough guide, caffeine in milk chocolate is about half that of dark chocolate.