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10 Foods to Avoid During Thanksgiving While Pregnant

November 15, 2015

Thanksgiving! A day to gather with loved ones to remember everything you are thankful for. But, who are we kidding? Pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, rolls, and turkey?! The food is one of the best parts of this day. If you are pregnant, however, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t indulging in foods that may put your unborn baby at risk.

Here are 10 foods to avoid while pregnant


We know that this is probably obvious to avoid during the Thanksgiving meal, but even if it IS a holiday, you’ll want to avoid alcohol in any form during pregnancy. (Don’t worry- you’ll have next year to look forward to!)

Apple Cider

Although the pasteurized variety of cider is fine to drink, another drink you’ll want to stay away from is this sweet cider. This fall beverage runs the risk of containing E. coli.

Unpasteurized Soft Cheese

Yummmm, cheese. Although most cheeses are now pasteurized, to be safe, you’ll want to avoid feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined cheese like Roquefort and Gorgonzola, and Mexican-style cheeses such as queso blanco, queso fresco, and panela. These types of cheeses are common on appetizer cheese plates, so avoid these.


I know; I know… this is one of the best parts of the Thanksgiving dinner, but if the stuffing was cooked inside the bird, you’ll want to avoid it. However, if the stuffing was cooked separately, you’ll be good to have your fair share!

Uncooked Turkey

Whoever is the chef for the big dinner will want to make sure the bird is fully cooked (at least 160°F in the thickest part of the turkey’s thigh, but ideally you want the temp to reach 180°F before consuming). You’ll want to make sure the meat looks fully cooked before digging in.

Unwashed Vegetables

This is just a common point everyone will want to avoid. As Thanksgiving meal prep can be overwhelming some may accidentally miss washing veggies. You’ll want to avoid dirty vegetables, as they can have high pesticide residues on them.

Brownie Batter

If you’re like me, it is so tempting to lick the spoon while baking brownies. But, stop. You’ll want to avoid consuming raw eggs while pregnant, as this increases your risk of exposure to salmonella.


Pate is a mixture of cooked ground meat and fat mixed together to make a spreadable paste. It is often served as an appetizer. Pregnant women will want to steer clear of this hors dourve, as it contains listeria, which can cause stillborn, miscarriage, or severe illness of an unborn baby.

Custard Pie

You’ll also want to skip the custard pie and mousse desserts, as these too may contain raw or uncooked eggs.

Leftover Turkey Sandwiches

Aren’t Thanksgiving leftovers THE best? You can have meat leftovers for those delicious sandwiches, but only IF you re-cook the meat so it is HOT. Cold meat is another way to transport listeria, so make sure you warm up the meat before consuming it first.

Although these are foods to avoid for the Thanksgiving dinner, we hope you’ll have plenty of other options to consume on that day.

We hope you are surrounded by loved ones during your Thanksgiving feast!

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Lacey Pappas

Mother of 2 silly boys and a new baby girl. Happily married. Love to laugh, inspire others, take pretty photos, and curl up with a good book.

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