Foods to avoid when pregnant

When you’re pregnant, it’s important to avoid these foods because they may contain harmful bacteria such as listeria or salmonella. If you’re unsure, ask a dietitian or other healthcare professional.

  • Processed meats

    Stay away from slicked turkey, ham, roast beef, etc.

    Processed meats

  • Raw meat and paté

    Say no to steak tartare and duck paté for the moment.

    Raw meat and paté

  • Stuffing

    Avoid the temptation of stuffing from chicken or poultry.


  • Raw seafood

    Keep away from chilled prawns, sushi, etc.

    Raw seafood

  • Soft and semi-soft cheese

    This includes brie, camembert, ricotta, feta, blue, cream cheese, etc.

    Soft and semi-soft cheese

  • Soft serve or fried ice cream

    These are not safe dessert options during this time.

    Soft serve or fried ice cream

  • Unpasturised dairy products

    Raw milk is a no-no.

    Unpasturised dairy products

  • Coffee, tea and other caffeine

    Australian guidelines recommend you limit your intake to less than 300 mg per day. That’s about three coffees a day, or six cups of tea.

    Coffee, tea and other caffeine

  • Raw eggs in food

    Don’t eat mayonnaise, aioli, mousse, cake batter or pancake batter.

    Raw eggs in food

  • Pre-packaged salads

    Avoid salads from salad bars and smorgasbords, etc. and make sure you wash any salad ingredients well just before making and eating.

    Pre-packaged salads

  • Sprouts

    Keep away from alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts, onion sprouts, sunflower sprouts, clover sprouts, radish sprouts, snow pea sprouts, mung beans and soybean sprouts.