There are some foods to avoid or take care with when you're pregnant as they might make you ill or harm your baby.
- unpasteurised dairy (milk and cheese) - pasteurisation kills bacteria in milk through heating
- cheeses such as brie and camembert
- blue cheeses such as Danish blue, Gorgonzola and Roquefort
- foods made with raw or under-cooked eggs, such as homemade mayonnaise
- raw or under-cooked meat
- cold cured meats such as salami, parma ham, chorizo and pepperoni
- liver - including liver sausage, haggis and pâté containing liver
- shark, swordfish, and marlin
- limit tuna to one 150g cooked weight fresh tuna steak or two 240g cans - 140g drained weight - per week
- raw fish
- soft-serve ice cream
Food products that are not pasteurised, or are mould-ripened, may contain bacteria that is dangerous for your baby, such as listeria.
Food poisoning in pregnancy
Food poisoning can be dangerous when you are pregnant.
To avoid food poisoning:
- wash your hands before, during and after food preparation
- use different knives, chopping boards and utensils for raw and cooked food
- put food in the fridge as quickly as possible
- keep raw and cooked meats separate
- wash all fruits, vegetables and pre-packed salads before eating
- eat leftovers within 2 to 3 days
- do not eat foods past their use-by date
- make sure all meat, poultry, seafood and eggs are cooked thoroughly