• Soft cheeses such as brie, camembert, Roquefort, gorgonzola, Danish blue cheese
  • Homemade mayonnaise, coleslaw
  • Some homemade ice-creams
  • Unpasteurised dairy (milk and cheese) – pasteurisation kills bacteria in milk through heating
  • Pâté
  • Raw or under-cooked meat (be careful with BBQ meat)
  • Cold cured meats such as salami, parma ham, chorizo and pepperoni
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna should be limited to one 150g per week
  • Sushi

The main risk with these foods is listeriosis and toxoplasmosis. These bacteria can cause miscarriage, fetal malformations and stillbirth.

  • Limit coffee to one cup a day (200mg caffeine) in the first trimester. High caffeine intake increases the risk of miscarriage.
  • Avoid alcohol 

Make sure all fruit and vegetables are washed before you eat them.


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