So you’ve just found out your pregnant. That’s great news – but yet, you may be feeling some anxiety. How will your body change? What can and can’t you do? What types of foods should you eat? The questions brew a mile a minute in your mind. Slowing down and learning up on the various requirements to note when pregnant can help put these anxieties to rest. To help make the process easier, let’s look at a few of the foods that you’ll want to ensure you avoid while pregnant in order to promote the healthiest pregnancy possible. Fish High In Mercury Content Topping the list of foods to avoid is any fish varieties that are loaded with mercury content. This includes swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tilefish. Eating these can interfere with your baby’s development and potentially put them at risk for mercury poisoning. Instead, choose lower mercury varieties including shrimp, salmon, Pollock, catfish, anchovies, or trout. These are much safer for you to consume during pregnancy provided you keep your intake to around two servings per week. Canned tuna may also be permitted in small doses provided you choose light flaked tuna and not albacore. Any Undercooked Protein Sources Along with fish high in mercury, undercooked protein sources are also a big no-no. This includes undercooked poultry or eggs as well as processed meats like hot dogs, luncheon meats, and meat spreads. Steer clear of these and go with only quality protein sources that you know are cooked thoroughly. Unpasteurized Foods Any foods containing unpasteurized milk is a big problem on the healthy pregnancy diet. While lower fat dairy products like mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, and Greek yogurt can also be consumed safely, if the dairy you’re eating is not pasteurized, turn it away. Dairy products are an important part of the pregnancy diet however as they’ll help provide the calcium that your growing baby needs. Unwashed Fruits Or Vegetables While you should always be in the habit of washing your fruits and vegetables, it’s especially important that you are washing them now that you are pregnant. There could be harmful bacteria lurking on produce that has not been washed, not to mention pesticides that were used during the growing process. You’ll want to take care not to pass any of these on to your developing baby. Caffeinated Foods Or Beverages While smaller amounts of caffeine (up to 200 mg) are sometimes permitted by health care providers, anything over this amount should be avoided during pregnancy. Always speak to your health care provider before consuming any in your diet plan. Caffeine can increase your risk of miscarriage and place great strain on your baby’s developing heart. Raw Sprouts Finally, be sure that you are avoiding any raw sprouts in your diet plan as well. This includes alfalfa sprouts, clover sprouts, radish sprouts, as well as mung beans. If you want to consume sprouts, go with cooked varieties only. So there you have a brief list of the main foods that you’ll want to avoid as you move through your pregnancy. Remember to always speak with your treating medical professional to find out what, if any foods, she or he recommends you avoid in addition to this. As each pregnancy is unique, it’s important to tailor your nutrition plan to your own body.