As an expecting mama and integrative and functional medicine physician, the minute I found out I was pregnant I did enormous amounts of research on foods that I could eat and those I should avoid. It was my first pregnancy, and I wanted nothing more than to ensure my little growing baby was safe!
After attending medical school, completing my residency training, and taking care of prenatal moms, I knew the top foods women should avoid—uncooked meats, fish high in mercury (as well as smoked fish), deli meat, soft cheese, and unpasteurized dairy. Eating these foods can increase the risk of listeria in the baby and the mother, which can be harmful. This is a list that is supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), but I also learned there are a bunch of other foods that many women don't know could potentially be injurious to their pregnancy. Here are five of them: