Updated: Jan 2
Christmas is definitely one of the best seasons if you’re pregnant because you have the perfect excuse to eat whatever you want—or probably not.
Although you’ll easily get tempted to sample every food on the table, you must maintain the right weight and avoid diseases that could cause some serious complications throughout the rest of your pregnancy and even during childbirth.
So, before you devour all the food on offer during this festive season, make sure to learn about the foods that you need to avoid eating at Christmas time:
Meat spreads are quite abundant during the Christmas season, but you must be careful when eating them. Never eat pate that’s bought from the frozen section of the grocery store, as it might contain listeria. If you can’t avoid eating meat spreads, make sure they’re heated until they’re steaming hot.
· Fruit cake
One of the most popular items in any Christmas dinner table, a fruit cake may be very hard to resist, especially when you’re craving for sweets. But before you take a bite, make sure that the cake wasn’t soaked in liquor after it was cooked.
If the fruit has just been cooked with alcohol, it will usually be fine because all that alcohol burns off during the process.
No Christmas feast would be complete without a beautiful cheese platter. But while you can safely munch on Emmental or Cheddar cheese, make sure to avoid mould-ripened soft cheeses such as Brie and Camembert and blue-veined varieties such as Roquefort and Gorgonzola. These types of cheeses may carry listeria that has been discovered to cause premature delivery or miscarriage.
· Turkey and stuffing
Another hit in any Christmas dinner menu is turkey and stuffing. But while it’s okay to eat both when you’re pregnant, it’s very important to see if the turkey is cooked thoroughly to avoid poisoning, which could be very harmful to you and your baby. Stuffing should also be cooked separately from the turkey to make sure that all the bacteria is killed.
After a huge feast for Christmas, most of us live on leftovers over the next few days, which is completely okay. But if you’re pregnant, you must make sure that all food has been stored and refrigerated properly to avoid food poisoning.
Of course, it’s very important to keep your food intake to a minimum to avoid bloating and other digestion problems that could easily cause discomfort during your pregnancy.
If you want to sample different dishes, try to get smaller portions so you can still maintain your recommended daily intake. It’s also very important to pace yourself when eating so you can chew and digest the food well. Take food breaks in between meals and drink a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated.
The festive Christmas season is definitely a fun time if you’re pregnant, just ensure you are careful with what you choose from the dinner table to protect yourself and your baby from any problems.
Merry Christmas from all the team here at Pregma!
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