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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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).