Baby Your Baby: Holiday Foods Pregnant Women Should Avoid

Baby Your Baby - Holiday Foods

It is the holiday season and pregnant and breastfeeding moms often have questions about foods at parties. Al Romeo, RN, PhD with the Utah Department of Health's MotherToBaby program stopped by KUTV to give pregnant and breastfeeding mothers some guidance for this time of year.

  • First, remember to take your daily prenatal or multi-vitamin.
  • The 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 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, hotdogs, and deli meats should be thoroughly cooked, to 160 degrees.
  • Avoid pâté, 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 methylmercury.
  • For canned foods, check to see that they are not dented, damaged, bulging, or rusted. Once the can is opened, transfer the contents to another non-metal container for storage.
  • Most of us sit at parties, so try to keep active by moving around, playing with the kids, or going for a walk if the weather is nice.

If moms have questions, they can visit or call 801-328-2229.