A pregnancy guide to Christmas party food

December 19, 2016

It can be tricky to avoid all the party buffets, champagne and sweet treats over the festive period. It can be even more of a challenge if you're pregnant and can't eat typical Christmas snacks like blue cheese but everyone else around you is feasting on the stuff. What to do?

Here's our guide to which foods you should avoid this Crimbo:

Cheeses

Don't eat: uncooked soft, mould-ripened cheeses such as camembert, brie or chèvre or soft blue-veined cheeses, like Danish blue, gorgonzola and roquefort. This is because they contain a bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes, which could be harmful to your baby.

Do eat: All the cheeses listed above are safe to eat if they are well cooked through. You can eat Stilton without cooking it as well.

Drinks

Don't drink alcohol: The NHs advises that all pregnant women should avoid alcohol for their entire pregnancy, or for at least the first trimester, because it increases the risk of miscarriage and premature birth.

Do drink: Go for a glass of non-alcoholic bubbly or a soft drink.

Shellfish

Don't eat: shellfish, including oysters, prawns and mussels.

Do eat: Smoked salmon (as long as it's fresh and hasn't been sitting at the buffet for a lengthy period) is fine to eat. You can even have ready-made sushi made with frozen fish because the freezing process gets rids of the bacteria.

Meat and eggs

Don't eat: raw or undercooked meat, like rare steak or beef joints. Avoid raw eggs and home made mayyonaise too or dessert mousses that contain raw egg white.

Do eat: You can eat cold meats like salami, Parma ham, chorizo and pepperoni but be careful with them because they are cured rather than cooked. Cooked foods that contain eggs are fine too, like custard or cakes.

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