Food during feasts when you are pregnant

You deserve to eat something good. Here you get tips on food during feasts that you can eat when you are pregnant. This year, it might feel a little extra festive when you think that the next time you celebrate this particular holiday, you have a little baby!

Jenny Jansson

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Reviewed by Jenny Jansson

Certified midwife

Food during feasts when you are pregnantPhoto:Pasi Mämmelä från Pixabay

On the different holidays of the year, the food is almost always in focus, such as the midsummer herring and strawberry cake, the Christmas Jansson, and the painted Easter eggs. Here is a small checklist for you if you are unsure of what is okay to eat when you are pregnant. Bon Appetit!

Okay to eat …

  • Eggs, pickled herring, salmon, potatoes, lettuce, and all kinds of vegetables. Vitamin D in herring, salmon, and eggs is important when you are pregnant, and the fish contains several good fats.
  • Freshly smoked or pickled fish and fish roe. Just keep in mind that fresh rum or canned rum that should be opened should be eaten within a few days.
  • Game meat from animals shot with ammunition other than lead.
  • Ordinary liver pate that does not contain a lot of liver but iron.
  • Air-dried ham and real salami. Good to freeze-dried meat for at least three days.
  • Hard cheeses are okay to eat, so enjoy västerbottenosten.
  • Fruit and berries for dessert. Eat as much as you want, and you will also get the important folates.

Avoid this …

  • Vacuum-packed smoked and pickled fish can sometimes contain levels of listeria. Check the date marking.
  • Herring box and rolls on herring or herring from the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia. They can contain high levels of dioxins and PCBs and should not be eaten too often. But if you are craving it and have not eaten it earlier in the year, you can take the opportunity now.
  • Skip all types of alcohol when you are pregnant. The alcohol passes directly over to the fetus via the placenta.

Think of …

  • Cold sauces, such as skagenröra, may contain listeria, especially if it has been stored for a long time outside the fridge.
  • Remember to use fresh goods when cooking, and freeze if it’s not going to be eaten immediately.
  • Semi-soft cheeses and soft mold cheeses contain pasteurized and unpasteurized milk and in some cases, it may contain dangerous levels of listeria. Avoid them!
  • Rinse all vegetables, fruits, and berries properly.
Jenny Jansson

Reviewed by Jenny Jansson

Certified midwife

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