Deepika Monga

Ballarat Specialist Women's Health
1015 Mair Street, Ballarat, Victoria

ph: 03 5333 5088

Food to Avoid During Pregnancy

It is important to have a healthy and varied diet in pregnancy. Almost anything in moderation is a sensible approach however there are some things that should be avoided altogether.

Listeria – Soft cheeses (brie, camembert, feta, ricotta -unless cooked), pate, pre-prepared salads/ unwashed vegetables, processed meats (unless cooked), soft serve ice-cream and raw seafood should be avoided.

Toxoplasmosis – while this is generally associated with kittens and cat litter, it may also be acquired by eating undercooked meat or from unwashed vegetables/handling soil after gardening.

The NSW Food Authority provides an excellent, comprehensive summary of what to eat and what to avoid. Please feel free to discuss any particular dietary concerns with me.

Some infections can cause serious harm for both the pregnant woman and her unborn baby.
Prior to pregnancy
Rubella and Varicella (Chicken pox virus)
Booster immunisation is advised before becoming pregnant to those with no/low immunity

During pregnancy
Influenza (Flu, Swine Flu)
Flu is particularly serious for pregnant women and their babies- both unborn and newborn. Flu vaccination is strongly advised if you are going to be pregnant during the flu season (March –October). The seasonal flu vaccine covers both seasonal flu and swine flu. It is SAFE and EFFECTIVE.

Post Delivery
Pertussis (Whooping cough)
This is a serious infection that mainly affects very young babies. Adult immunity from childhood generally wanes over time. If infected, these adults usually have a mild form of the disease but may pass on the infection to young babies. As such, booster immunisation to whooping cough is recommended for all adults who are going to be in close contact with young babies.

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