There are a great number of do’s and don’ts when it comes to pregnancy nutrition. Everyone has their own theories and knowledge about what’s safe and what isn’t during pregnancy, and it can be difficult to know what to avoid, particularly around the holidays.
While the holiday season may be winding down, there’s still time to play it safe and learn what festive foods to indulge in, and which to skip for a healthy and safe pregnancy.
Let’s take a look at some of the worst holiday foods for pregnant women.
Neither stuffing nor turkey poses a threat to an unborn baby, but when cooked together, dangerous bacteria can form. This is because the cavity of a stuffed turkey may not get hot enough to get rid of harmful salmonella bacteria, causing the stuffing to be contaminated as well.
Turkey should always be cooked to 165 degrees (stuffing cooked separately) and leftovers refrigerated promptly for maximum safety.
Alcohol is an obvious pregnancy no-no, but even non-alcoholic eggnog can pose risks to pregnant women. Eggnog, particularly homemade eggnog, is often made with raw, unpasteurized eggs, which can contain salmonella. If eggnog is a must for you, stick to the grocery store cartons.
Undercooked Meat & Fish
Many people prefer their roasts rare and their fish smoked, but these preferences can be dangerous to pregnant women and unborn babies. Make sure meat is thoroughly cooked and steer clear of smoked salmon this season.
Listeria can lurk in soft cheeses like brie and marscapone, and pregnant women are 20 times more likely to succumb to listeria infection than others. To be on the safe side, eat only pasteurized soft cheeses or choose hard cheese.
Apple cider fresh from the farm may be a fall staple, but it’s not necessarily safe during pregnancy. Fresh juices that have not been pasteurized can harbor harmful bacteria such as salmonella or e-coli.
Battling the Postpartum Belly
If you’re not happy with your body following pregnancy or you’re interested in options to address post-baby body concerns, consider the option of abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). A tummy tuck is a great way for moms (who are done having children) to get rid of excess skin and fat in the abdominal region and to tighten the stomach muscles again.
*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.