Unsafe Foods
During Pregnancy

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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Number 6Pate

This meat spread can contain listeriosis.

What you can eat: Spread pasteurized cream cheese, hummus or peanut butter instead!

Number 6Imported candies

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.

Number 8Undercooked 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!

Number 9Swordfish

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.

Number 10Smoked seafood

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

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Comments on "Top 10 holiday foods to avoid during pregnancy"

Shuaib December 21, 2010 | 3:34 AM

People should avoid eggnog while pregnant because these are dangerous holiday foods.

vaibav December 20, 2010 | 6:30 AM

Homemade christmas ornaments should be used by everyone,It's a nice christmas ornament craft with it.

Grace December 20, 2010 | 3:11 AM

First of all,thanks to you..Because until now do not know that should avoid eggnog while pregnant.Also the tips about dangerous holiday foods are really very helpful for ladies.

suman inguva December 20, 2010 | 3:10 AM

Till now i don't know about this dangerous holiday foods.Thank you very much for informing that taking eggnog while pregnant is risky.

Danny December 18, 2010 | 3:12 AM

thanks for the tip on dangerous holiday food. didnt know eggnoc while pregnant isn't good at all with that alcohol. will be more cautious next time.

Kerry December 17, 2010 | 4:54 PM

I haven't tried out any homemade Christmas ornaments for gifts. Maybe Christmas ornament craft would be a cheaper alternative to buying them in the store. They don't seem to make them like they used to.

Kerry December 17, 2010 | 4:32 PM

Dangerous holiday foods? I didn't think having eggnog while pregnant would be a problem. I'm so glad I read this article. Yikes!

Lynn December 17, 2010 | 9:09 AM

I had no idea that you should avoid eggnog when pregnant, although it makes sense. I'm glad that I came across this list of dangerous holiday foods now as I'm making a menu for our holiday gathering and several of my friends are pregnant.

Varun December 17, 2010 | 6:49 AM

These are very dangerous holiday foods especially having eggnog while you are pregnant amounts in maximum risk for the baby.So Kindly avoid all these foods.

Jack Raven December 16, 2010 | 5:56 PM

Not only are holiday foods good, but so are Christmas ornament crafts. Making homemade Christmas ornaments can be really fun.

sishir December 15, 2010 | 10:57 PM

in this christmas, i tried homemade christmas ornaments to decorate my house.

sarath suresh December 15, 2010 | 6:18 AM

The above listed foods can be said as dangerous holiday foods during pregnancy.And if you want to have Eggnog while holiday when you are pregnant then make its pasteurized non alcoholic eggnog...

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