This Sandycove home on the market for €1.95 million is stunning inside and out
This Sandycove home on the market for €1.95 million is stunning inside and out

Megan Burns

Meet the Irish designer brightening people’s homes with her beautiful designs
Meet the Irish designer brightening people’s homes with her beautiful designs

Sarah Finnan

Can we stop pretending that Jamie Spears did Britney a favour by petitioning to end the conservatorship
Can we stop pretending that Jamie Spears did Britney a favour by petitioning to end...

Lauren Heskin

‘A story of being trafficked’: Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Giuffre has a right to be heard
‘A story of being trafficked’: Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Giuffre has a right to be...

Jennifer McShane

‘Creative minds always thrive in adversity’: Author Louise Candlish on her latest (greatest) thriller
‘Creative minds always thrive in adversity’: Author Louise Candlish on her latest (greatest) thriller

Amanda Cassidy

Rotunda Hospital to extend visiting hours for partners of pregnant women
Rotunda Hospital to extend visiting hours for partners of pregnant women

Jennifer McShane

15 underrated Netflix gems that will distract you from the news
15 underrated Netflix gems that will distract you from the news

Jennifer McShane

‘Sleeptember’ and how to create an adult bedtime routine that actually works
‘Sleeptember’ and how to create an adult bedtime routine that actually works

Sarah Finnan

Actor Richard E Grant reveals late wife Joan had lung cancer
Actor Richard E Grant reveals late wife Joan had lung cancer

Jennifer McShane

Kitchen accessories under €30 to get you excited to cook again
Kitchen accessories under €30 to get you excited to cook again

Megan Burns

Image / Editorial

Mum-to-be? 6 festive foods to avoid if you’re pregnant this Christmas


by IMAGE
17th Dec 2019

foods to avoid if you're pregnant

blank

foods to avoid if you're pregnant

Are you a mum-to-be? Our friends at Aptaclub have shared six foods that should be avoided if you’re pregnant this festive season


When it comes to a classic Irish Christmas, food is central to the celebration and no Christmas Day is complete without a decadent spread of firm favourites – the golden roast turkey, honey-glazed ham and even those controversial sprouts!

While mums-to-be all know that alcohol is a no-no, there are lots of new temptations at Christmas that they may not know if they should avoid or not. This handy checklist makes it easy to navigate the shopping aisles and the Christmas Day spreads.

Meats

With meat being the hero of the day, mums-to-be will be glad to hear that turkey and ham get a big thumbs up. However, it’s vital to ensure that meat is cooked right through, is piping hot and isn’t the slightest bit pink. Cured meats, however, should be avoided. The likes of salami, prosciutto, chorizo and pepperoni are not actually cooked, just cured, and so there’s a risk they contain toxoplasmosis-causing parasites.

Pâté

A Christmas favourite, Pâté is definitely off the cards. Put simply, mums-to-be should avoid all types of pâté, including vegetable pâtés, as they can contain listeria.

Certain Soft Cheese

Mould-ripened soft cheese (cheeses with a white rind) such as brie, camembert and soft goat’s cheese are not permitted in pregnancy. You should also avoid soft blue-veined cheeses such as Danish blue, gorgonzola and Roquefort. All of these cheeses are only safe to eat in pregnancy if they’ve been cooked. However, some cheeses that can be enjoyed include cheddar, parmesan, feta, cottage cheese, halloumi and cream cheese.

Homemade ice-cream and desserts

If you’re a whizz in the kitchen or are being hosted by someone who usually pulls out all the stops, it’s worth remembering that the raw egg in homemade ice-cream and some other egg-based dessert recipes like custard can be dangerous for expectant mums. Be sure to check or stick to shop-bought!

Brandy butter

Sticking with desserts, it’s also worth remembering that while cooked alcohol is fine, brandy butter is a no-go as the alcohol hasn’t evaporated.

Leftovers

Great news! Leftover turkey, as long as it’s been well stored in the fridge and used within two days of cooking it, is safe during pregnancy. If reheating be sure it’s piping hot right through.

Mums-to-be can still get stuck into lots of Christmas must-haves like fibre-rich sprouts, cranberries which are packed with Vitamin C, nuts, fruit cake, chocolates and more! If you’re hosting a mum-to-be this Christmas, why not consider buying some non-alcoholic cocktails or sparkling wines so she feels part of the special toasts too?

For more tips to get through the festive season with baby visit aptaclub.ie.

Photo: Camylla Battani, Unsplash


Read more: This is how to survive Christmas when you’re pregnant

Read more: Dad tales: ‘I took my toddler to a spectacular Christmas lights show – and she barely batted an eye’

Read more: 13 classic books to read with the kids over Christmas

Also Read

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
No, the Olympics haven’t given athletes ‘anti-sex’ cardboard beds

Despite some media coverage, the beds are actually focused on sustainability as opposed to intimacy restrictions. Recently, distance runner Paul...

By Jennifer McShane

Mandy Moore pumping
EDITORIAL
Mandy Moore climbed an active volcano at dawn… while pumping

Hiking a mountain and breast pumping – now, that’s what we call multitasking at its finest. Mandy Moore enjoyed an...

By Sarah Finnan

toxic
EDITORIAL
How to let go of toxic people, and the signs to recognise

By Niamh Ennis

Full House, onscreen father Danny Tanner
EDITORIAL
We’re remembering our favourite onscreen dads for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner (this Sunday 20h June, so yes, you do have time to buy yours...

By Grace McGettigan

brain
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE

Keith-_-Tara_130_Web Shantanu Starick painting kitchen cabinets
EDITORIAL
How to limit drips and brush strokes while painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can be transformative and can be achieved relatively low-cost, but you need the right equipment, and a lot of...

By Amanda Kavanagh

blank
EDITORIAL
‘Why do we keep snatching normality away from our children?’

This summer the government will allow my children into a bar, but not to their gymnastics camp. Amanda Cassidy on...

By Amanda Cassidy