Food and drink are at the heart of so many of our Christmas traditions.
From the mince pies to the turkey, it’s central to our celebrations. When you’re pregnant, it can be hard to know what to eat and what to avoid. But with a few simple tweaks to the usual menu, you can adapt festive feasting to benefit your bump, and satisfy your taste buds too.
We spoke to Henrietta Norton, a nutritional therapist and author of Your Pregnancy Nutrition Guide to find out exactly what you should, and shouldn't be eating this Christmas.
1) Pick your starter
Salmon is a great choice for the first course on the big day. ‘Smoked salmon is a popular Christmas lunch starter, and as long as it’s been kept cold and is fresh, it’s safe to eat when you’re pregnant,’ says nutritional therapist Henrietta Norton. Salmon is full of high-quality protein, and packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which help build your baby’s brain and neurological system.
Cold cooked meats, such as ham, are considered safe, but avoid cured meats, such as Parma ham, as they carry a risk of toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can harm your baby and lead to miscarriage or stillbirth. Also leave paté off your plate. Even vegetable paté can contain listeria, whilst liver paté has very high levels of vitamin A, which could prove harmful to your baby.