We’re excited to bring you another great article from LilSugar, a fantastic source for mamas who want advice and news about everything from packing healthy lunches to mastering the art of stroller chic. This week, we’re featuring their list of six Thanksgiving foods to avoid while pregnant.
Thanksgiving may be an expectant mama’s dream, but before you take advantage of eating for two this turkey day, make sure the food you’re enjoying is safe for your growing belly. If you’ve got a bun (and a turkey) in the oven, go back for seconds (and thirds) after you check out these six festive foods to watch out for and avoid:
It’s a fancy treat for a festive meal, but most OB/GYNs will tell you that refrigerated pÃ�Â¢te should be avoided during pregnancy. Good news for all you liver lovers though, canned pÃ�Â¢tes are considered safe for a developing baby.
The bird needs to be cooked until it reaches at least 160 degrees F in the thickest part of the turkey’s thigh, but ideally you want the temp to reach 180 degrees before consuming. So make sure you fully cook your turkey before chowing down.
Unpasteurized Soft Cheese
A cheese plate is a great dish for guests to pick at while waiting for dinner to be served. If you’ve got a bun in the oven, make sure the cheese on your plate is pasteurized. Luckily most cheeses in the US are pasteurized nowadays, but I’ve come across many that are not, so be on the safe side and ask before you enjoy.
With all the steps that go into making the perfect Thanksgiving meal, it’s easy to forget a vital one: washing your veggies. Wash all produce before you eat it – whether you are pregnant or not.
Licking the spoon from the batter of the holiday goodies might be a favorite pastime, but it’s best to avoid now that you’re cooking a lil one too. Steer clear of raw eggs (especially if they are not pasteurized). Consuming uncooked eggs increases your risk of exposure to salmonella, which is not good for you or your growing babe.
This one is obvious, but if you’re pregnant – forgo the vino (or any other alcohol). Can’t imagine giving thanks without a glass of wine? There’s always next year!
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