Are Meats and Meat Products Safe to Eat During Pregnancy

Knowing what to eat during pregnancy is important to have a healthy and safe pregnancy, but at the same time you also need to understand about what all things you mustn’t eat to avoid possible complications to your pregnancy. In general a pregnant woman is told to have lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy products.

There is often one big doubt in the minds of pregnant women concerning the consumption of meats and meat products during pregnancy. Meats are rich in proteins, and proteins are essential for the development of the baby. There is no reason to quit eating meats all through your pregnancy, as long as you exercise a bit of caution and make the right choices.

Here are some tips on what all meats to eat and which ones to avoid, when you are pregnant.

Raw meats and eggs shouldn’t feature anywhere in your pregnancy diet. In their raw form both eggs and meats contain a lot bacterial contamination which can lead to a variety of health problems, with gastrointestinal problems being number one on the list. Rare cooked beef, sushi, cold seafood, mayonnaise, hollandaise sauce and egg custard are some of the things that spell trouble.

Liver is another thing you need to cut out from your diet, and if you cant leave it completely then try not to have it more than once a week. The main reason why liver must be avoided is because of its high vitamin A content.

Under normal circumstances Vitamin A is very essential for the body, but during pregnancy excess of this vitamin can pose the risk of birth defects in your baby. Vitamin A is more suited in the form of beta-carotene, the way it’s found in carrots, for the pregnant women. So get going with carrots, instead of relying on liver to get your vitamin A.

Deli meats which have become popular over the last few decades are very often associated with food poisoning. What’s important to know here is that the food poisoning caused be deli meats can be very dangerous for your baby. These meats are best avoided during pregnancy, however if you must consume, do heat he meat thoroughly to destroy any bacteria’s present in it.

Sidharth Thakur