It is the holiday season and pregnant and breastfeeding moms often have questions about food at parties.
- First, 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.
- For canned foods, check to see that they are not dented, damaged, bulging or rusted. Once the can is opened, transfer the contacnts to another non-metal container for storage.
- 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.
Nurse Al gives advice to pregnant moms.