A Pregnant Woman’s Guide To Festive Feasting

December 6th, 2016

We have waited a year for it and it’s finally dawning upon us. Christmas is coming around the corner, and with that comes the promise of a mirthful festive season abounding with laughter, good company, and, of course, the irresistible dishes of the Christmas dinner table. With a plus-one in the belly, you are in for a double celebration. But no matter how tempting the turkey looks, or how much the glazed ham is calling out to you, it would be prudent as a pregnant mum to rein your appetite in and be extra mind of what you (and your little one) are eating.   TURKEY A diet high in nutrition is important when it comes to pregnancy, and on the surface, turkey is an innocuous choice. As the centerpiece of the Christmas feast, it would be a cardinal sin to miss it. Turkey is lean and packed with protein- a vital building block for maintaining your body tissue and your baby’s growth and weight. When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you will require an extra 25 grams of protein in your diet. Our favourite Christmas bird does the job, offering around 32 grams for every four ounces consumed, and is an excellent source of vitamins B6 and B3- essential B vitamins for a healthy pregnancy. However, a poorly handled turkey can turn from being a showstopper to a hotbed for bacteria in an instant. Undercooked turkey contains the listeria bacteria, which can penetrate the placenta barrier and infect the birth canal. These infections increase the risk of neurological damage and loss of hearing to the unborn child, as well as causing miscarriages and preterm delivery. So if you are thinking of tucking into the helping of a turkey, make sure that the meat is well-cooked with an internal temperature […]

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