The holidays are a time of fun, family and plenty of yummy food and drinks. When you are pregnant, however, you must be extra careful of what you are eating and drinking because of the effect food can have on your baby. Experts share with us the top 10 holiday foods to avoid during pregnancy. Read our list before you sit down for that holiday meal.
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This meat spread can contain listeriosis.
What you can eat: Spread pasteurized cream cheese, hummus or peanut butter instead!
It is scary, but true! Lead has been found in some candies imported from Mexico and in the wrappers of imported candies.
What you can eat: Read the label of packaged candy to ensure it is not imported.
Undercooked turkey and ham
Food poisoning can be dangerous to pregnant women. Make sure the turkey or ham you are eating is cooked all the way through.
What you can eat: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the meat is well cooked. Then you can enjoy!
The FDA says pregnant women should avoid eating fish such as shark and swordfish because they contain high levels of mercury. Too much mercury during pregnancy can lead to birth defects, including cerebral palsy, mental retardation and blindness.
What you can eat: You can eat 12 ounces of the following fish per week: Catfish, whitefish, trout, salmon, calamari.
The bacteria listeria monocytogenes is also in smoked seafood. You may see the seafood labeled as nova-style, lox, kippered, smoked or jerky.
What you can eat: As long as the smoked seafood is cooked, such as in a casserole, you can eat it.
Read more about eating during pregnancy
Pregnancy food cravings: Are yours normal?
Pregnancy and your vegetarian lifestyle
Pregnancy food rules: What to eat, what to avoid