Christmas Day is all about food, but if you’re pregnant, you may feel more cautious about what you’re putting on.
Fortunately, an experienced midwife is on hand to provide anyone expecting careful nutrition advice before the big day.
Odette Abououf answered all your questions, making sure you are armed with everything you need to know before starting the preparations.
The founder of the pregnancy range Mummy’s Organics says that while some holiday favorites are fine to enjoy while pregnant, others are best avoided.
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To be safe, all vegetables should be peeled to avoid any chance of toxoplasmosis, which can be found on unpeeled skin.
Fill up on Brussels sprouts as they are an excellent source of iron, vitamin C, folic acid and high in fiber and therefore are especially good for pregnant women.
Meanwhile, Odette suggests taking it easy on roasties as they can raise blood sugar which can encourage the possibility of gestational diabetes.
It says, “Roasted white potatoes are a high source of carbohydrates that can increase the risk of gestational diabetes if not eaten in moderation.
“Two teaspoons of oil should be your limit during pregnancy and therefore roast potatoes are not the ideal choice. The ideal is to opt for butternut squash or baked sweet potatoes, which will be richer in fiber and complex carbohydrates “.
The advice is also to avoid any paté appetizer, just to be on the safe side.
“Pate (all types, including vegetarian) to be avoided due to the risk of listeria. Also, liver and liver products should be avoided due to the high vitamin A content which can be toxic to the unborn child.” , suggests Odette.
And the maternity expert suggests avoiding the cutting board altogether and opting for pasteurized soft cheeses instead.
“Some cheeses can contain bacteria called listeria, which can be harmful during pregnancy. Avoid unpasteurized cheeses and soft cured cheeses like Camembert, Brie and goat cheese.
“Other blue mold cheeses such as Danish blue, gorgonzola and roquefort should also be avoided.
“Non-moldy soft cheeses, feta, ricotta, mozzarella and ricotta and pasteurized hard cheeses are all good to eat.”
Odette concluded by reminding anyone who is pregnant to pay attention to their diet this Christmas.
She says, “Not only should pregnant women keep an eye on the nutritional value of food, but pregnancy hormones slow the rate at which our bodies process food, so make sure we drink plenty of water and have plenty of fiber in our diet. it will help prevent constipation and hemorrhoids. “