With the holidays approaching, it’ll soon
be time to enjoy quality home cooked meals and feast on delicious holiday
goodies. It’s that time of the year where you just let go and enjoy the best
foods without any regrets. However, the holidays can be tricky while you’re
pregnant. There are certain foods and drinks that you have to avoid.
Knowing what’s off limits and what you can
actually eat or drink can quickly become overwhelming. So many people have
different advice, but not all you hear is true. That’s why we want to help
simplify the holidays for you by giving you tips about what you can and can’t
eat or drink.
You may not know this, but most doctors
recommend avoiding stuffing. This is because stuffing is usually cooked within
the turkey, which makes it more prone to carrying foodborne illnesses. If you
absolutely can’t live without stuffing this holiday season, make sure it gets
cooked outside of the bird, which eliminates the risks.
Meat is often the main meal in most homes
during the holidays – primarily turkey. You’ll want to make sure that all of
the meat you eat was fully cooked. Undercooked meat is the number one food to
avoid while pregnant and with the stress of the holidays, it’s easy to serve
dinner before it’s fully cooked. Turkey should reach an internal temperature of
165° F, ground beef, pork and lamb should reach 160° F and finally, beef, pork
and lamb steaks, chops and roasts should reach 145° F.
One of the best traditions of the holidays
is drinking some delicious homemade eggnog. The issue with eggnog is that it
can often be spiked with alcohol. However, even if there is no alcohol in the
eggnog, you should still avoid it as it’s often made with raw eggs. Raw eggs
can carry salmonella bacteria, which can be extremely bad for you, especially
while pregnant. Fortunately, store-bought eggnog uses pasteurized eggs, making
it a safe alternative.
A Hanukkah classic, the brisket, is another
meal that you have to be cautious about eating. You don’t have to avoid it
altogether, but if you’re going to eat some while pregnant, make sure that the brisket
was cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. This is the temperature
where any bacteria would be killed, making it a nice dish to enjoy in complete
safety. However, if you can’t confirm the internal temperature, you should
probably avoid it.
Cheese is often a great appetizer that is
served before the main meal during the holidays. Most people love cheese – it’s
pretty delicious. However, if you aren’t sure that the cheese was made with pasteurized
milk, you should avoid eating it. Some cheeses are made using raw milk and this
can contain listeria, which is dangerous bacteria for pregnant women. Hard
cheeses are okay, like gouda, cheddar or parmesan – the ones you’ll want to
avoid are soft cheeses like blue cheese, brie, camembert and feta.
Holiday meals are huge – we tend to cook
way more food than we actually need. This leaves us with a lot of leftovers to
hand out to our guests. If you’re tempted to bring home some leftover turkey or
mashed potatoes, we recommend leaving it for someone else. It’s highly
recommended to avoid food that has been sitting around for hours and in most
cases, the food doesn’t get put in the fridge immediately after being cooked.
It’s often on the table for an hour or two and then gradually gets wrapped up
and stored away. This holiday season, say no to leftovers!