Choosing a well-balanced diet filled with vitamin-rich healthy foods is the best way to prepare your body for pregnancy.
Christmas is usually a time to gather with family or friends. Typically these celebrations centre around a variety of foods. Because pregnant people are at increased risk for foodborne illness, and foodborne illness can harm a growing baby, it's safest to steer clear of some traditional Christmas offerings.
The good news is that there are still plenty of dishes that are pregnancy-safe, as well as many that can easily be modified to be safe to eat during pregnancy.
The following foods pose an increased risk for food-born illness and are best avoided.
Undercooked Ham is not healthy for a Mama to be
For many of us, it simply is not Christmas without a lovely Christmas ham. This talked-about traditional food can still be enjoyed while pregnant however for the sake of your unborn baby please make sure it is cooked to perfection.
You may become infected with the Toxoplasma parasite if you eat meat that is raw or pink and bloody in the middle.
- Cook 10 to 14 lb. (4.5 to 6.4 kg) hams for 22 to 25 minutes per lb. (0.45 kg).
- Cook a larger ham for 18 to 22 minutes per lb.
- Always check the core temperature with a meat thermometer.
Stuffing Cooked in a Chicken
This year, skip the stuffing (which is cooked inside of the Chicken) as stuffing is cooked inside the chicken, it runs the risk of being contaminated by undercooked meat as well as not getting hot enough on the inside to destroy those germs.3
Many people enjoy baking for the holidays. Families traditionally love to make cookies and cakes. Just be watchful that you don't sample the batter while cooking or contaminate a surface that isn't cleaned with the raw batter. Uncooked cookie dough contains raw egg and uncooked flour, both of which can harbour dangerous bacteria and must be cooked before eating.
Try snacking on some pregnancy-safe foods as you bake and wait until your baking is done before sampling.
Soft or Unpasteurized Cheeses
If you love a savoury cheese platter then I am afraid the next 9 months may test you, after all, there is nothing as yummy as a big tray full of hors-d'oeuvres like fruit and soft cheeses.
While pregnant, it's important to opt for cheese made with pasteurized milk. Luckily, many of the cheeses are made with pasteurized milk. Check the ingredient label to be sure that the product was made with pasteurized milk—it should say "made with pasteurized milk" on the label as well as in the ingredient list.