What’s cooking? The key ingredients to a safe menu when pregnant- Dr Simona Fischer

Dining out while pregnant is a cause of anxiety for some of my pregnant patients concerned with bacteria such as listeria or salmonella.

There are a number of food types that are best to avoid during pregnancy but there are still plenty of foods that are low risk or safe options when dining out!

In Australia, instances of listeriosis are rare but there are certain foods that are deemed high risk for pregnant women. We suggesting avoiding all high risk foods when eating out and when food shopping.

An easy rule to remember is avoid anything from the deli section of the super market! So all things soft cheese, processed meats (ham, salami, prosciutto, cold cooked chickens, pate’ & raw seafood).

Another place to avoid is the salad bar. Stay away from pre-prepared or pre-packaged salads including fruit salad. Making your own at home is perfectly fine!

Placing extreme restrictions on your daily diet may not be necessary, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet during pregnancy should be the aim.

At the end of the day, you need to be comfortable with what you’re eating and drinking during pregnancy.

For an extensive list visit The Food authority website

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