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Holiday eating for pregnant women

It is the holiday season and pregnant and breastfeeding moms often have questions about food at parties.

  • Remember to take your daily prenatal or multi-vitamin.
  • Sweets are tempting, but try to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and protein.
  • Moms have probably already heard about alcohol. Don't binge, get buzzed, or drunk. Water is always a good beverage option and that way mom can be the designated driver for others at the party.
  • Mom can can have up to 300 mg of caffeine a day, so 2-3 cups of coffee or 6-8 cups of tea are fine, depending upon the amount of caffeine in each.
  • Homemade eggnog and soft cheeses should be avoided. Make sure cheese and milk products say "pasteurized" on the label to avoid harmful bacteria such as Listeria.
  • Meats, including ham, turkey, beef, pork, hot dogs, and deli meats should be thoroughly cooked, to 160 degrees. Avoid pate, smoked meats, and sushi with raw fish.
  • Cooked seafood and fish are fine, up to 12 ounces, 2-3 servings, per week. Avoid large fish like shark and swordfish to reduce exposure to methyl mercury.
  • Most of us sit at parties, so try to keep active my moving around, playing with the kids, or going for a walk if the weather is nice.

If you have questions, visit MotherToBaby.org, text 855-999-3525, or call 801-328-2229.