When 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!
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.
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.
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.