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There are certain foods you should avoid eating when pregnant. Drugs and alcohol are the obvious ones, but there is a variety of other consumable items that could be harmful to both you and the developing fetus. You might have unique cravings or long for your favorites, but it is important to steer clear of medium-rare steaks and deli meat sandwiches until your baby is born. Keep reading to learn more about ten items you should avoid while pregnant.

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1. High-Mercury Fish

Levels of mercury can be toxic to your nervous system, kidneys, and immune system. Not all fish are high in mercury, but pregnant women should avoid consuming high-mercury fish such as king mackerel, tuna, swordfish, and shark. Fatty fish, on the other hand, are high in omega-3 acids and are essential to your growing baby. Low-mercury fish are considered a healthy addition to a diet during pregnancy.

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