Do’s & Don’ts of Pregnancy: Foods

First Trimester

You will hear and read about things you can and can’t eat during pregnancy.

do's & don'ts of pregnancy foods

To try and help cut through the confusion, here is just a short list of considerations:


Moderate consumption is okay and total consumption should not exceed 200-300 mg per day (approximately two 8 ounce cups of brewed coffee).

Artificial Sweeteners

These are generally believed to be safe. There is no evidence that Nutrasweet, Splenda, Sweet ‘N Low, etc., are dangerous to the fetus.


Fluoride supplementation is not recommended.

Gluten-Free Diet

Other than the effects on the mother, following a Gluten-free diet does not benefit the fetus.


Several types of fish may contain large quantities of Mercury, which can be harmful in excessive amounts.

Avoid Shark, Swordfish and Mackerel.

Albacore tuna is safe in moderation.

Other fish including canned tuna, shrimp, salmon, catfish, and trout are safe.


Sushi may also contain Mercury therefore the recommendation in general is to eat fewer than 1-2 small portions of Sushi a week.

Deli Meat

Deli meet and or hot dogs may also contain Listeria (although very rare) if not prepared well, therefore heat the meat until it is steaming before eating it.


Avoid unpasteurized milk or soft cheeses, raw or uncooked meat, poultry or shellfish. These foods may contain harmful bacteria such as Listeriosis or Toxoplasmosis.


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