Foods to Avoid at Thanksgiving While Pregnant

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Pregnant on Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year again, and Thanksgiving dinner is right around the corner. Sweater weather, the fun family gatherings, and of course the food! Since you’ll be eating for two – here are some important tips on what to avoid when you’re pregnant on Thanksgiving. Especially if you aren’t helping with the cooking – make sure to check these things before consuming. So, it is safe for you and baby. Additionally, here are some tips we put together for breastfeeding on a holiday road trip.

Foods You Should Double Check When You’re Pregnant on Thanksgiving

  • Apple Cider
    • Check the label to make sure the apple cider is in fact pasteurized, then you are in the clear. If not, it does run the risk of containing E Coli.
  • Uncooked Turkey
    • The turkey has to be fully cooked for it to be safe for you and baby. It is recommended 160 degrees F – 180 degrees F before eating.
  • Unpasteurized Soft Cheeses
    • Those cheese platters that we all fill up on before the actual meal- make sure to check the labels and that they are pasteurized.
  • Stuffing
    • I know, the best part of Thanksgiving dinner. When the stuffing is inside the turkey it doesn’t get hot enough to kill off all of the bacteria. We suggest putting the stuffing in a separate pan to cook and reach 165 degrees F.
  • Wash your veggies
    • This should always be a standard at every dinner
  • Brownie Batter
    • No licking the spoon during the baking of your favorite holiday desserts. This is a salmonella risk with the use of raw eggs.
  • Custards, Mousse and homemade ice cream
    • Raw eggs
  • Cold Turkey Sandwiches
    • Always reheat any meat during pregnancy. Same goes for deli meat – stay clear of these during pregnancy.
  • Eggnog
    • Even virgin eggnog, it does contain raw eggs.
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