Everything you need to know about eating meat during pregnancy
When it comes to eating meat during pregnancy, it’s important to make sure that it is always well-cooked through, to ensure that any harmful bugs – including those that cause Toxoplasmosis – are killed off before you eat it. Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite found in raw and undercooked meat, among other things. After preparing meat, you should always wash your hands, surfaces and utensils thoroughly, to avoid the spread of harmful bugs. Importantly, you must also always check to make sure the meat is cooked right through to the centre. For more information about specific meats, see the table below.
- When dining out, remember to ask for meat to be well-cooked.
- Avoid uncooked cold cured meats, like those found on anti-pasti plates.
- Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling raw meat.
- If you’re re-heating food in the microwave, make sure it’s steaming hot all the way through.
- Read our nutrient-rich pregnancy recipes created by Lorraine Pascale and Aptaclub nutritionists.
- Learn more about the power of nutrition in pregnancy at our Eating for 2 pages.