Thanksgiving foods to avoid when pregnant

Foods To Avoid At Thanksgiving When Pregnant

Thanksgiving is a time where friends and family alike come together to celebrate and eat an exorbitant amounts of food. All of these foods will be fine to eat for just about everyone. However, pregnant women should be cautious as to what they eat. Continue reading to learn more about some Thanksgiving foods to avoid when pregnant.

Thanksgiving Food To Avoid When Pregnant


Turkey is usually the staple of most Thanksgiving dinners. If you are pregnant, you want to be especially careful to make sure that the turkey is fully cooked. If you do not, you are at risk of getting sick from salmonella. It is important to avoid this because you are also keeping your growing baby healthy too.

To ensure that the turkey is safe to eat, you should make sure that it is cooked through. The United States Department of Agriculture recommends that the turkey’s internal temperature is no lower than 165 degrees. To be safe you can always make sure that the temperature is 180 degrees.


Stuffing is another common food dish on Thanksgiving. As with turkey, it is generally safe and can be eaten in moderation with no harm. However, there is one thing that you should make sure of before you dig into it. This being that the stuffing was not cooked inside of the turkey. The Clevland Clinic states that “Cooking stuffing in a baking dish is the easiest way to make sure that it is thoroughly cooked.” This can make sure that your stuffing is cooked and any bacteria is killed because it does not get hot enough inside of the turkey to kill that bacteria.


Some more Thanksgiving foods to avoid when pregnant are certain drinks. One drink that you should be careful of is any cider. If it is a storebought brand, check the label to make sure that it is pasteurized. If it is a homemade drink and is also not pasteurized, you are at risk of E. Coli. Other drinks that you should check to make sure are pasteurized are egg nog and anything else that may contain raw eggs.

One drink that you should avoid at all costs is alcohol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink.” This means that you will have to forego any alcoholic beverages at Thanksgiving dinner and to be safe, ask to make sure that any dishes, sauces, or beverages do not contain alcohol.

Raw Veggies

In general, vegetables are safe for consumption when pregnant. However, there still is one thing that you should be on the look for. This is making sure that they have been properly cleaned before they are consumed. CarePoint Health states that “Consuming unwashed produce can increase the risk for salmonella poisoning.” One great way to ensure that your produce is washed is, if you can, take charge and personally wash them yourself.


Cheese with crackers can make a great appetizer for any Thanksgiving meal. However, if you are pregnant, you should be cautious as to what cheese you are eating. You want to avoid soft cheeses like Brie, Camembert, Goat Cheese, Gorgonzola, Havarti, Muenster, and Roquefort. There are in fact, still, some cheeses that you can enjoy when pregnant such as cheddar and swiss. The reason that you want to avoid these cheeses is the risk of listeria.

Listeria is a bacteria that is found in many foods. Healthy people may not get sick at all, however, people with weakened immune systems, like pregnant women, are more likely to develop listeriosis. Listeriosis is a disease that is caused by listeria. CarePoint Health states that “If you eat food contaminated with listeria during pregnancy, it could cause serious health problems for your baby and possibly even stillbirth.”


For the most part, Thanksgiving desserts are ok to eat when pregnant. You can feel comfortable enjoying that slice of pumpkin pie. However that homemade ice cream should probably stay out of your system. This is because it may contain raw eggs. To stay safe, avoid homemade ice cream, custard pies, and even mousses regardless of if they are storebought or not.


When it comes to Thanksgiving foods to avoid when pregnant, there are many that you should look out for. It is important to do so to ensure the safety of you and your child because your immune system is weaker when pregnant and you are more susceptible to catching an illness.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Prenatal Liquid Vitamin.