thanksgiving pregnant.jpgWhen you’re pregnant and eating for two, Thanksgiving can be a dream. But before you take advantage of dining on all the delicious food this Turkey Day, make sure the food you’re enjoying is safe for your baby. Go back for seconds when you’ve got a bun in the oven, but check out these 10 Thanksgiving foods to watch out for:

1. Apple Cider

Make sure that the apple cider served is pasteurized. If it’s unpasteurized, this drink has the risk of containing E. coli!

2. Pates

Most ob-gyns advise that their pregnant patients avoid refrigerated pates. Canned pates seem to be considered safe, though.

3. Soft Cheeses

Many hosts set out a plate of various cheeses for guests to snack on while waiting for dinner. Cheese is OK; just make it’s pasteurized. You’re in luck: most cheese in the America is pasteurized nowadays. But, we suggest that you ask your hosts before you eat, just to be on the safe side.

4. Undercooked or uncooked Turkey

Turkey needs to be cooked until it reaches at least 160°F in the thickest portion of the thigh. Preferably, the turkey should reach 180°F before eating. So make sure you fully cook the bird before chowing down.

5. Stuffing

The inside of a turkey doesn’t get hot enough to kill all bacteria. But this doesn’t mean you have to skip stuffing. Just put it in a separate dish and bake until it reaches a temp of 165°F.

6. Unwashed Vegetables

Don’t forget this vital step in making your perfect Thanksgiving meal: washing your veggies. It’s smart to wash all produce before you eat, no matter if you’re pregnant or not.

7. Wine or Alcoholic Beverages

We know that this one is obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. If you’re pregnant, avoid the vino (and any other alcohol). Alcohol poses too much of a growing risk to your baby to safely indulge.

8. Batter

Licking batter from the spoon of holiday goodies like brownies might be delicious, but it’s best to avoid. Eating raw or uncooked eggs increases the threat of being exposed to salmonella, which is not good for you or your baby.

9. Custard Pie

Mousses, custards, and even ice cream might contain raw or uncooked eggs, which as we mentioned in tip #8 is bad when you’re pregnant.

10. Cold Cuts

Thanksgiving leftovers are the best part of the holiday for many. But cold turkey may have listeria (just like deli meat may). When you eat Thanksgiving leftovers, reheat the meat until it’s pretty hot.


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Heidi Keefer
Written by Heidi Keefer

Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of blog posts over the years, Heidi enjoys finding new ways to educate and captivate Lifetime’s ever-growing list of subscribers.

Heidi has a keen eye for misplaced apostrophes, comma splices, and well-turned sentences, which she has put to good use as a contributor to Lifetime’s award-winning blogs. She has written and published hundreds of adoption articles which explore the various facets of domestic infant adoption today.

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