5 Thanksgiving Foods to Avoid While Pregnant
With Thanksgiving in full swing today, families are joined together to enjoy one of the year’s most elaborate feasts. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing – it all sounds delectable. Being pregnant during this food fest can make it difficult to navigate the table, but not impossible. By being safe and knowledgeable about your food options, you can enjoy this Thanksgiving with no problem.
Unpasteurized Apple Cider
Everyone’s favorite fall drink is a sweet delicacy. One taste sends your taste buds into cinnamony apple heaven. However, make sure the cider you are sipping is the pasteurized variety. Without pasteurization, you could run the risk of contracting E. coli, a bacterial infection of the intestines. Most grocery stores have this denoted on the bottle, so you should be safe when looking closely.
This seems like a no-brainer here, as uncooked foods normally run the risk of foodborne illness. With poultry, you have to be mindful of salmonella. Sources say the thickest part of the turkey’s thigh should reach at 165̊ F before safely consuming, but ideally, it’s best for it to reach 180̊ F. You want to kill any risk of contracting bacteria.
If you’re a Thanksgiving fanatic, you know stuffing is a staple in the meal. One of the most beloved turkey dinner sides can be enjoyed, but only at a certain temperature. Normally, stuffing is presented in two fashions – within the turkey and outside of it. With the center of the turkey not always reaching the correct temperature, it is best to avoid that option all together. This could hold a whole slew of bacteria. Even outside the turkey, the spongy deliciousness can still be prone to bacteria. Toss it in the oven until it’s at least 165̊ F to rid of all bacteria.
As one of your favorite dessert pastimes, brownie batter is delicious no doubt. Licking the spoon after a twenty-minute prep is one of the sweetest rewards. However, most brownie recipes incorporate raw egg (unless you use a substitute). Raw eggs run the risk of containing salmonella, and like most raw foods, you should avoid eating this while pregnant. It is not good for you or your baby.
Combined with pumpkin and apple pie, custard pie is the triple threat to this pie trio. As a Thanksgiving favorite, custard pie finds its way on your table after dinner is finished. However, this year, maybe stick to apple and pumpkin. Custards and mousses may contain raw or uncooked eggs, which do not bode well during pregnancy. Save the custard for next year – it’s not worth the risk.
Thanksgiving foods are craved all year long. While being pregnant during this time can seem tricky, there are little things to remember to ensure the healthy growth and development of your baby. So, when you are around the table this Thanksgiving, be mindful, be safe, and most of all – enjoy the time with your family and friends.