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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

From the moment you find out you’re carrying until your child grows up, you are responsible for providing nutrients that help him or her thrive.

A wholesome diet is essential to healthy living, but it's even more important when you're pregnant. That's because your developing child needs an abundance of vitamins and minerals to thrive before making his or her way into the world. But it's not just about paying closer attention to healthy foods you should be eating – it's also important to abstain from numerous foods that could hinder your baby's development and cause a complicated pregnancy. From the moment you find out you're carrying until your child grows up, you are responsible for providing nutrients that help him or her thrive.

Here are some of the top foods to avoid while you're pregnant:

Raw and Deli Meats
Undercooked poultry and beef puts you at risk for toxoplasmosis and salmonella, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Additionally, deli meats may be contaminated with listeriosis, which can potentially lead to infection or blood poisoning and cause miscarriage.

"Mercury can cause developmental issues in your child."

A highly toxic element, mercury found in fish has the ability to harm your nervous system, immune system and kidneys and may lead to developmental issues in your child. High-mercury fish such as tuna, shark, swordfish and mackerel should be avoided during pregnancy.

Unpasteurized Cheese
According to the National Health Service of the UK, soft cheese contains bacteria that can lead to listeriosis. That's because they're less acidic and contain more water, offering breeding grounds for harmful bacteria. Listeriosis is a serious infection that can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or severe illness after the baby is born. Avoiding cheeses like Danish blue, feta, Mexican style cheeses, gorgonzola and goat cheese is critical during your pregnancy.

Drinking multiple cups of coffee a day should be a thing of the past once you're carrying. As stated by the APA, caffeine intake can cause complications during your pregnancy and can increase your risk of miscarriage. Because caffeine is a diuretic, it eliminates liquids from the body, which means it can flush water and calcium out of your system. Dehydration isn't only harmful for your own body during your pregnancy, but it can harm your child if you're not providing enough liquids for him or her to thrive in the womb. Additionally, consuming too much caffeine has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight in children. If you're having issues eliminating caffeine completely, limit yourself to 200 milligrams per day or less.

Following a Plant-Based Diet Instead
Avoiding all of these foods is simple when you're following the Hallelujah Diet. Yes, it's possible to acquire all necessary protein, calcium and other vital nutrients your baby needs by consuming a 100-percent primarily raw plant-based diet and using appropriate supplementation. To ensure optimal nutrition all pregnant women, not just those on a plant-based diet, should take vitamin D3 / K2, iodine, omega-3 rich fish oil, and B12-B6-folate. There is no diet which fully supplies all of these nutrients in optimal amounts without supplementation.

Don't put your baby's and your own health in jeopardy during pregnancy. Learn more about how beneficial following the Hallelujah Diet during reproduction and beyond today. Also see our other articles on The Benefits of Eating Well During Your Pregnancy, Best Plant-Based Foods to Eat During Your Pregnancy and also Vitamins and Minerals to Prioritize During Pregnancy for more information on having a great pregnancy and delivering a healthy baby.


  1. tblack July 31, 2018

    It is extremely important to be even more diligent in your diet and lifestyle when you are pregnant, to make sure that not only you, but the developing baby get all the nutrients necessary to promote growth and overall good health. The healthier the mother is, the higher the likelihood of a healthy, full term pregnancy.

  2. Jennifer August 6, 2018

    Thank you for this information. I’m expecting my 2nd child but its been 5 years since I had my daughter so it’s great to be reminded of the foods to avoid during pregnancy.

  3. Annette August 28, 2018

    This is some good information for the mothers to be. It makes sense to eat more healthier while carrying the baby. Alot of information I did not know that could harm a mother and the unborn child. Again thanks for the great information.

  4. Angela M Solomon September 5, 2018

    Great information! Healthy Mom healthy baby!

  5. Great information for expecting Moms, it is so important to eat healthy to keep your body from being depleted as Baby is taking in your nutrients and vitamins.

  6. Annette Whitworth April 5, 2022

    This is some great information for the mothers to be. When my daughter was having my grandson she watched everything she ate, she had a great diet that she ate. Did not do any meats and she ate alot fruits and vegetables and drunk alot of water while she was expecting. Thanks

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