Safer Food Choices for Pregnant People

At a glance

Learn what foods and beverages to avoid consuming while pregnant and which foods and beverages are safer options.

A diverse group of pregnant people.

Why it's important

If you are pregnant, you are more likely than other people to get sick from certain germs.

To prevent food poisoning, some foods are safer choices than others. That’s because some foods—such as undercooked meat and eggs, unwashed fruits and vegetables, and unpasteurized milk—are more often associated with foodborne illnesses.

Safer food choices for pregnant people

Use the table below as a guide to making safer food choices.

Prevent food poisoning

Always follow the four steps to food safety—clean, separate, cook, and chill—to protect yourself from food poisoning.

Learn about current foodborne outbreaks and the foods linked to them.