Ask Keri: It seems like the list of foods to avoid during pregnancy is always changing. Which are really essential to skip?

Keri Says: In the old days, women ate and drink whatever they wanted while they were pregnant. Then, when we found out how things like alcohol affected development, a lot of the advice became overly restrictive out of caution.

These days, we’ve gotten to a better place, where we can advise pregnant women on how to effectively continue eating their usual (hopefully!) healthy diet while skipping just a few key foods that may endanger the growing baby.

A quick note on what you should eat: Overall, I recommend whole, real foods like fresh organic produce, lean organic meats, healthy fats, and whole grains. And prego or not, eating three meals and a couple of snacks each day stabilizes blood sugar and provides you with consistent energy. (Of course everyone is different and some people don’t need snacks. Listen to what your body is telling you!) You also want to focus on folate, which is found in foods like lentils, spinach, romaine lettuce, and asparagus.

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Now, what to avoid? Here’s a quick cheat sheet on what you won’t be eating or drinking for about nine months.

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7 Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

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