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Most people know drinking alcohol and smoking should be avoided during pregnancy but some otherwise healthful foods can also pose problems during the early period in a baby's development. Many women experience odd cravings during their pregnancies, but there are some items of which they should definitively steer clear until the baby has been born.

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1. High-Mercury Fish

Mercury can be toxic to the nervous system, kidneys, and immune system in high quantities. Not all fish are high in mercury, but pregnant women should avoid consuming those that could be, such as king mackerel, swordfish, and shark as the developing fetus is much more susceptible to the issues this chemical can pose. Fatty fish and seafood, on the other hand, are high in omega-3 acids and are helpful to both baby and mother. Salmon, shrimp, tuna can all be part of a healthy pregnancy diet.

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