Food to be avoided during first trimester 

Food cravings are quite normal during pregnancy, but it is important to ensure that you maintain your nutrition goals while fulfilling these cravings. 

There are also some foods that are a strictly to be avoided during pregnancy, especially the first trimester.

They include:

Fish containing mercury, such as swordfish, king mackerel, and shark

Raw or undercooked shellfish and eggs

Raw meats and poultry

Milk that is not pasteurised

Soft cheeses that are unpasteurised

Raw sprouts

Fruits and vegetables that are not washed properly



Black grapes


Cabbage and lettuce

Excess caffeine

Too much of sugary food such as desserts and sweetened beverages

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