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Certain foods should be avoided while you are pregnant.

These include:
> Soft mould-ripened cheese with rinds
such as Camembert and Brie and any unpasteurised cheeses.
There is no risk with hard cheeses (eg Cheddar), cottage cheese, and processed cheese
> Liver
> Pâté (any type, including vegetable)
> Uncooked or undercooked ready meals. Ensure you heat ready meals until they are piping hot all the way through
> Swordfish, Marlin and Shark.
Limit the amount of tuna you eat. Do not eat more than two tuna steaks a week (weighting about 140g cooked for 170g raw) or four medium size cans of tuna a week (with drained weight of about 140g per can).
> Raw Shellfish
(because of the risk of food poisoning)
> Raw or soft-boiled eggs outside the UK
(eggs in the UK are certified Salmonella free)

High levels of caffeine can lead to low birth weight, or even miscarriage. While you don’t need to cut caffeine out completely, you should limit the amount you have each day to no more than 300mg. Each of these contains roughly 300mg of caffeine:
> 3 mugs of instant coffee (100mg each)
> 4 cups of instant coffee (75mg each)
> 3 cups of brewed coffee (100mg each)
> 6 cups of tea (50mg each)
> 8 cans of cola (up to 40mg each)
> 4 cans of energy drink (up to 80mg each)
> 8 bars of chocolate, weighing 50g each

You should drink no more than 1 or 2 units of alcohol, once or twice a week.

Two units of alcohol equals roughly:
> One glass of wine
> One pint of ordinary strength beer, lager, or cider
> One “double” measure of spirits

Pregnant women may become deficient in iron too, so make sure you eat plenty of iron rich foods. Good sources of iron are red meat, pulses, bread, green vegetables, fortified breakfast cereals and dried fruit. You will have your blood count checked at 28 and 36 weeks to ensure that you are not becoming anaemic.
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