Safe foods

It can be confusing trying to work out which foods you can eat and which foods you should avoid when you’re pregnant. You might find it helpful to look at this list of some of the foods you don’t need to avoid:


Shellfish, including prawns

- as long as they are part of a hot meal and have been properly cooked

Live or bio yoghurt

Probiotic drinks

Fromage frais

Creme fraiche

Soured cream

Spicy food

Mayonnaise, ice-cream, salad dressing – as long as they haven’t been made using raw egg. Generally, mayonnaise, ice-cream and salad dressing you buy in shops will have been made with pasteurised egg, which means it’s safe to eat. But it’s better to avoid home-made versions if they contain raw egg. If you’re not sure about any of these foods when you’re eating out, ask staff for more information

Honey – it’s fine for pregnant women but honey isn’t suitable for babies under a year old

Many types of cheese including:

  • Hard cheese, such as Cheddar and Parmesan
  • Feta
  • Ricotta
  • Mascarpone
  • Cream cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • Cottage cheese
  • Processed cheese, such as cheese spreads

Should I avoid peanuts?

If you would like to eat peanuts or foods containing peanuts (such as peanut butter) during pregnancy, you can choose to do so as part of a healthy balanced diet, unless you yourself are allergic to them or unless your health professional advises you not to.

You may have heard that some women, in the past, have chosen not to eat peanuts when they are pregnant. This is because the Government previously advised women that they may wish to avoid eating peanuts during pregnancy if there was a history of allergy in their child’s immediate family (such as asthma, eczema, hayfever, food allergy or other types of allergy). But this advice has now been changed because the latest research has shown that there is no clear evidence to say that eating or not eating peanuts during pregnancy affects the chances of your baby developing a peanut allergy.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should discuss these with your GP, Midwife, Health Visitor or other health professional.

If you choose to avoid eating peanuts or foods containing peanuts during pregnancy, you can do so by reading the ingredients list on food labels, where peanut must be declared by law if it is an ingredient.