10 Things You Really Shouldn’t Eat When You’re Pregnant (Even Though You Want To)

Alcohol is off the table. But what else makes the no-no list when you’re expecting a little one?

*Caution. If you’re pregnant, this post will make you hungry. And extra annoyed because you can’t even act on the cravings. You’ve been warned.* 

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What NOT to Eat When Pregnant

The world is full of wonderful sweets and tasty treats to try. Unless you’re pregnant. Then you’re banned from pretty much everything delicious.

Perhaps this is a bit of an exaggeration, but there are quite a few foods that are not recommended for consumption when expecting. Here’s a few to avoid for the next nine months.

1. Soft cheeses

soft cheese

Soft cheeses made with unpasteurised milk pose a risk of listeria which can be harmful to your bub. So say goodbye to the goodness that is brie, Camembert, feta, blue cheese, queso blanco, queso fresco and panela.

Sniff sniff.

2. Deli meats

raw deli meats

You’ve already passed on the cheese platter. But walk away from the deli meats too as they can contain listeria as well. If you cannot resist a good piece of deli meat, then heat it first. Oh, and smoked salmon is also off limits unless it’s heated at home. Just in case you wanted more than just bread and butter on your sandwich..

3. Alfalfa sprouts


Actually, any raw sprouts are not recommended during pregnancy as bacteria can get into the seeds before the sprouts begin to grow.

4. Soft ice cream

Soft cream and blue sky

Again, blame listeria. Regular ice cream is fine – just avoid the creamy deliciousness that comes from Maccas and Hungry Jacks.

5. Some fish

fresh seafood

You can still eat a small portion of tinned tuna, salmon and cod. But king mackeral, swordfish, tilefish and shark all contain high levels of methylmercury. Essentially, if the fish is big, then it’s best not to eat it. Raw shellfish is also off limits.

6. Sushi


It pretty much goes without saying that raw fish is off the shelf too.

7. Raw cookie dough

raw cookie dough

I know. Life sucks. First they take away soft ice cream. Then cookie dough. Why is cookie dough off the table? Because it contains raw eggs which can be tainted with salmonella. Oh, and raw eggs are also a no-go.

8. Homemade mousse (and any other dessert that contains raw eggs)


This includes meringue and tiramisu. Store bought alternatives may be safe if the eggs used are pasteurised (or our 5 Ingredient Snickers Mousse which contains no raw eggs!)

9. Freshly squeezed juice

freshly squeezed juice

Wine, we get. But juice??? WHY? It all comes down to the possibility of no pasteurisation which can lead to salmonella, E. coli and listeria. Store bought juice is fine.

10. Rare meats

medium roast rib-eye steak on wooden plate with pepper and salt

Make your steaks well done for the time being. Raw or undercooked meat can harbour toxoplasma and other bacteria.

So what can I eat?

Going nine months without sushi, soft ice cream and a rare steak can seem impossible but it’s all for your little bubba and it will be worth it!

If you don’t want to live off just crackers and Vegemite, check out the Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Eating and Exercise Plan book which comes with ready-to-go meal plans that are healthy, delicious and safe during pregnancy.

The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Pack

special pregnancy pack copy

Did you know the Healthy Mummy has a Pregnancy Pack?

This pack contacts a Pregnancy Smoothie and Eating & Exercise Book which have been specially formulated to help women reach additional calorie and nutrient needs.

The Pregnancy Smoothie is designed to complement, not replace, your prenatal vitamin intake.

Our nutritionists ensured that the vitamins and minerals in the smoothie are at a low level so there is no risk of doubling up on any pregnancy vitamins.

It is ideal as a high-protein, high-calcium snack in pregnancy. You can download the Pregnancy Smoothie Label here.

You can BUY your pack HERE.

written by:

Jenna Galley

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna traded in the cold mountain air for the laid back lifestyle of Australia nine years ago. She is now a mum to one son, one daughter, one dog and one cat, all of whom live with her and her partner in Cairns, QLD. When not writing about the ups and downs of parenting, she is usually outside doing some form of physical activity or indulging in a glass of antioxidant-infused fruit drink. Okay, it's wine.