At first glance, the list of food and drinks you need to avoid in pregnancy looks worrying long
But the list of what you can have is far longer!
And once you’ve sussed it, following a pregnancy diet is pretty easy.
Here’s a quick guide:
Soft cheeses can carry bacteria – listeria – that can cause an infection, so avoid mould-ripened cheese like Camembert and Brie, and soft blue-veined cheeses like Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Danish blue.
But the good news is hard cheeses are fine.
Eggs are nutritious and protein-rich so don’t cut them out – you just need make sure they’re well cooked, with solid yolks and egg whites.
Eating them raw or undercooked can lead to food poisoning (salmonella), so steer clear of things like home-made mayo.
Your milk needs to be pasteurised, so avoid drinking 'raw' unpasteurised milk or eating any products made from it. (It sounds obvious, but this applies to all sorts of milk, from cows, goats or sheep.) If you can only get unpasteurised milk, just boil it first.
Pâté – including vegetable varieties – can contain listeria so best avoid them all!
Make sure all your meat is well cooked - never pink or rare. It’s best to avoid liver because it can contain a lot of Vitamin A, which can be harmful for your growing baby if you eat too much.
Fish is important for your baby’s development, so keep tucking in. You just need to avoid shark, swordfish and marlin and raw shellfish too.
And restrict your intake of tuna (contains mercury) and oily fish, like salmon, trout, mackerel, herring and tuna (which contain some pollutants).