Can Pregnant Women Eat Pizza

Can Pregnant Women Eat Pizza and How to Make a Healthy One!

Have you ever wondered if pizza is fit or not during pregnancy? Well, pizza has become the favorite delicacy for people all around the world.

In fact, Americans are eating about 350 slices of pizzas per second!

However, when it comes to the consumption by the expecting moms, even the safest food need to be eaten with care. Naturally, pizza contains some ingredients which are potential carriers of the harmful microbes.

The microbes on consumption affect both you and your unborn baby’s health. In this article, we will look at some problems that arise on pizza consumption during pregnancy. Also, we will discuss some precautions and how to make a healthy pizza at home!

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Can You Eat Pizza While Pregnant?

First things first, it is safe to eat pizza, but sometimes it can pose health concerns during pregnancy.

When ordering pizza, you should be aware of the kind of pizzas. Be careful when choosing your toppings. Let’s take a look at some concerns related with pizza ingredients.

1. Cheese

Cheese makes the generous layer over the pizza, which is the chief reason behind its delightful taste. But cheese can be the cause of anxiety to eat pizza during the pregnancy.

Some of the unhealthy mould-ripened cheese to consume during pregnancy include soft wind cheese. Also, you should avoid soft blue-veined cheese such as the gorgonzola Danish blue, and Gorgonzola.

Cheese During Pregnancy

When you compare soft cheese and hard cheese, soft cheese tends to contain more moisture. The conditions of the soft cheese make it be an ideal ground for harmful bacteria such as the Listeria to thrive in. It is rare for Listeria to cause any infection.

However, Listeria can be dangerous and can cause Listeriosis, which is delicate to pregnant moms. Nevertheless, even the slightest form of illness to pregnant mom can be hazardous causing harm to the fetus.

2. Raw, Uncooked and Cold Meat
Raw, Uncooked and Cold Meat

Pizza which does contain raw, undercooked and cold meat such as Parma ham, pepperoni, and salami in their toppings can result to toxoplasmosis.

What is toxoplasmosis? Well, toxoplasmosis is an infectious disease caused by the parasites present in the soil, meat and untreated water. In case you be infected with any of the parasites during your pregnancy, they can cause severe damage to your unborn baby.

3. Shellfish
Shellfish

Be careful with pizza containing shellfish in its toppings such as prawns, mussels and scallops. If they're not cooked properly, they can cause bacterial and viral infections.

During your pregnancy, you should avoid consuming shellfish present in undercooked pizzas to avoid endangering your unborn baby.


Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Always remember that during pregnancy, both you and your unborn child are at significant risk for issues from foodborne illness. Listeriosis is one of the most severe foodborne diseases. As mentioned above, Listeriosis is caused by eating contaminated food with Listeria bacteria.

Eating well-balanced meal during pregnancy is essential at all times. Most of the foods are safe, however, here are some meals that you should avoid during pregnancy.

Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

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Ways to Eat Pizza Safely When Pregnant

If the pizza is cooked thoroughly, it is safe to consume it. It should be eaten with healthy toppings when it is still hot.

Here are some tips to ensure that your pizza is safe for both you and the unborn baby:

  • Cook the pizza at high temperatures to kill microbes. These will prevent the risk of any infection for you and the unborn child.
  • Eat the pizza while it is still hot. This is because the microbes will start reforming as the pizza starts cooling.
  • It is safer to eat hard cheese such as parmesan or cheddar which is either made from pasteurized or unpasteurized milk. These cheese varieties are low in water content as compared to soft cheese. Hence, they are less favorable for the microbial growth.
  • You can consume soft cheese such as the ricotta, mozzarella, and cottage cheese. You should consume it if you are 100% sure that the soft cheese used in the pizza is cooked thoroughly and served while piping hot.
  • Make sure the poultry and raw meat used to top your pizza are well cooked. Always remember to be served while steaming hot.
  • Wash your hands properly when you are preparing the pizza.
  • All the utensils used for cooking are cleaned well before and after cooking. This ensures that the bugs and microbes from the utensils are eliminated.
  • Use clean and safe water when preparing the pizza for yourself.

How to Make a Pan Pizza at Home

1. Prepare The Pizza Dough

With this recipe, you can make one 9-inch round pizza.

Prepare The Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup bread flour
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon traditional active dry yeast
  • ¾ teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon honey
  • ⅔ cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Step 1: Put the yeast, olive oil, honey and warm water into a medium bowl (you can also use the bowl of a standing mixer).

Step 2: Combine the bread and all-purpose flour, add 3 tablespoons of the mix to the bowl and whisk until smooth (or mix on low speed with the standing mixer).

Step 3: Cover with a clean paper towel, wait for 15-20 minutes or until foamy on top.

Step 4: Add the remaining flour and salt, then knead dough by hands for about 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth.

Step 5: Return the dough to the bowl, cover and place in a warm spot (75°F to 85°F), then let the dough rise for an hour and a half or until it has almost doubled in size.

Step 6: Use a rolling pin or your hands to stretch out the dough, form crust by adding a little extra dough to edges.

Step 7: Lightly oil a pizza pan, then place the dough into it, cover and return to the warm spot, let it there for 45 minutes.

  • Women are twice as likely as men to have vegetables on their pizza.

2. Make The Pizza Sauce

With oregano, tomato, red pepper and garlic, this pizza sauce is simple, yet delicious. I used the sauce for every single pizza I made and my family love it. Now it's your turn.

Make The Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Step 1: Mince the garlic, finely chop the oregano.

Step 2: In a large frying pan, heat the oil, then add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.

Step 3: Add the tomatoes and use a wooden spoon to break them up into small chunks.

Step 4: Simmer for 18-20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

Step 5: Adjust the taste by adding salt, oregano and the flakes. You can make 1½ cups of pizza sauce with this recipe.


3. Choose Your Favorite Flavor and Bake!

In this post on BuzzFeed, Emily Fleischaker has a list of 31 pizza flavors and I have been trying many of them (11, to be exact). I suggest you, as an expecting mom, try those don't have too much seafood or cheese, especially mould-ripened cheese.

Instead, choose flavors that have many vegetable, fruits or mushrooms. These ingredients will help you and your unborn child with many amazing benefits.

If you have any questions about this article, please post them below and I would be very happy to reply.

About the Author Amy Duncan

Amy Duncan is the founder of KindMommy, a blog where she's providing helpful information about pregnancy and many useful tips for young parents. Besides writing, Amy loves to cook and travel with her friends and family. You can also find Amy on Twitter (@AmyKindmommy).

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