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Foods & medicines to avoid during pregnancy


Eating a healthy diet is important while you are pregnant. There are certain foods that might contain bacteria that could hurt your baby. While you are pregnant, do not eat:

  • Deli meat (any cold sandwich meat).
  • Fish with high levels of mercury, including shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tile fish. (Canned tuna is safe.)
  • Smoked seafood.
  • Fish exposed to polluted water.
  • Raw fish or shellfish including raw oysters or sushi.
  • Raw eggs and any foods that contain raw eggs including raw cookie dough and homemade mayonnaise or dressing.
  • Soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk.
  • Unpasteurized milk.
  • Caffeine.
  • Alcohol.
  • Unwashed vegetables.


If you are experiencing discomfort during your pregnancy, you can take plain Tylenol (acetaminophen) at any time; however, there are other over-the-counter medications you should avoid during pregnancy. If you have any questions about what is safe to take, call our office at 704-384-0560.

The following list of medications should be avoided during pregnancy:

  • Excedrin, including Excedrin Migraine
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Dimetapp
  • Castor oil
  • Chlor-Trimeton
  • Sudafed
  • TheraFlu
  • Tylenol Allergy Sinus Maximum Strength
  • Advil
  • Motrin
  • Aleve



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