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Foods to eat or avoid when pregnant

Use this handy guide to help make decisions about what to eat and what to avoid during pregnancy.

It highlights some foods that are not recommended for pregnant women.

Foods to avoid are listed for a range of reasons, but in most cases there is a higher risk those foods may contain harmful bacteria such as listeria or salmonella.

Red = Don't eat

Yellow = Eat with caution

Green = OK to eat

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Meat, Poultry & Seafood
Food Form What to do
Processed meats Ham, salami, luncheon, chicken meat etc. DON'T EAT unless thoroughly cooked to at least 75oC and eaten soon afterwards
Raw meat Any raw meat, raw chicken or other poultry, beef, pork etc. DON'T EAT
Poultry Cold chicken or turkey, eg. used in sandwich bars DON'T EAT
Hot take-away chicken Purchase freshly cooked and eat while hot. Store leftovers in fridge to reheat to at least 60oC and use within a day of cooking
Home cooked Ensure chicken is cooked thoroughly to at least 74oC and eat while hot. Store any leftovers in fridge to reheat to at least 60oC and use within a day of cooking
Paté Refrigerated paté or meat spreads DON'T EAT
Seafood Raw seafood DON'T EAT
Ready-to-eat chilled peeled prawns DON'T EAT
Cooked fish and seafood Cook thoroughly to at least 63oC and eat while hot. Store leftovers in the fridge to reheat to at least 60oC and use within a day of cooking
Sushi Store-bought DON'T EAT
Home-made Don't use raw meat or seafood, eat immediately
Cooked meats Beef, pork, chicken, mince Cook thoroughly to at least 71oC (medium), eat while hot

Dairy & Eggs
Food Form What to do
Cheese Soft and semi-soft cheese, eg, brie, camembert, ricotta, fetta, blue etc. DON'T EAT unless thoroughly cooked to at least 75oC and eaten soon afterwards
Processed cheese, cheese spreads, cottage cheese, cream cheese etc. Store in the fridge, eat within two days of opening pack
Hard cheese, eg, cheddar, tasty cheese Store in the fridge
Ice-cream Soft serve DON'T EAT
Fried ice-cream DON'T EAT
Packaged frozen ice-cream Keep and eat frozen
Dairy Unpasteurised (raw) DON'T DRINK OR USE
Pasteurised, eg, milk, cream, yoghurt Check 'best before' or 'use-by' date. Follow storage instructions
Custard Store-bought Can be eaten cold if freshly opened. Store in fridge to reheat to at least 60oC and use within a day of opening. Check 'best before' or 'use-by' date
Home-made Cook thoroughly to at least 71oC and eat while hot. Store in fridge. Always reheat to at least 60oC and use within a day of making
Eggs Cooked egg dishes, eg. fried eggs, scrambled eggs, quiche Cook thoroughly to at least 71oC. Don't use cracked or dirty eggs
Raw in food, eg. home-made mayonnaise, aioli, chocolate mousse, cake batter, pancake batter DON'T EAT
In non-refrigerated commercial products, eg. mayonnaise, aioli Check 'best-before' or 'use-by' date. Follow storage instructions

Vegetables & Fruit
Food Form What to do
Salads Pre-prepared or pre-packaged salads including fruit salad, eg. from salad bars, smorgasbords DON'T EAT
Home-made Wash salad ingredients well just before making and eating salads, store any leftover salads in fridge and use within a day of preparation
Fruit Rockmelon DON'T EAT
Whole fresh fruits Wash well before eating
Vegetables and herbs Fresh vegetables and herbs Wash well just before eating raw or wash before cooking
Frozen vegetables Cook, don't eat uncooked
Bean sprouts Alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts, onion sprouts, sunflower sprouts, clover sprouts, radish sprouts, snowpea sprouts, mung beans and soybean sprouts DON'T EAT raw or lightly cooked

Other Foods
Food Form What to do
Leftovers Cooked foods Store leftovers covered in the fridge, eat within a day and always reheat to at least 60oC
Canned foods Tinned fruit, vegetables, fish etc. Store unused portions in the fridge in clean, sealed containers and use within a day
Stuffing Stuffing from chicken or poultry DON'T EAT unless cooked separately and eat hot
Hommus Store-bought or home-made Store in fridge, eat within two days of opening or making
Soy All soy products, eg, tofu, soy milk, soy yoghurt etc. Check 'best before' or 'use-by' date. Follow storage instructions