This section includes information on what foods or drinks to avoid or take care with in pregnancy.

It also provides up to date advice on foods that are safe to eat and can be enjoyed. This information may be useful if you are pregnant, know someone that’s pregnant or are interested in learning more about diet and pregnancy.

In this section you will find information on:

  • Dairy foods
    o Soft cheeses and unpasteurised (‘raw’) milk and cream

Don’t forget that food safety and hygiene to reduce the risk of food poisoning is also important. You can find information about this in our section Food safety in pregnancy

What food and drinks do I need to avoid when I'm pregnancy and why?

It is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet when you are pregnant, not only to help the baby grow healthily and give them the best start in life but also to help you feel your best too.

However, when you are pregnant there are certain foods and drinks that you are recommended to avoid or take care with as there’s a small risk they may make you ill or harm your baby.

If you are concerned about anything you've eaten or drunk you should talk to your GP or midwife, but it is important to recognise that the risk of getting food related illnesses during pregnancy is low.

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