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Can pregnant women eat sour cream?

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As a first time mom, you probably have a lot of questions.

There are so many things to do and NOT to do while you’re pregnant and so many things a first time mom should know. It can be a little overwhelming and even confusing.

Here is one question you can cross of your list: Can you eat sour cream when pregnant?

Absolutely and here’s why!

Pregnant women looks in fridge for sour cream.

Sour cream is okay for pregnant women

Sour cream along with cream cheese and most cream cheese substitutes, creme fraiche, and other dairy products are safe during pregnancy.

Just make sure they are from a major manufacturer and are pasteurized. Pasteurized dairy is properly sterilized and treated for consumption.

Avoid homemade sour cream that requires fermentation until you are no longer pregnant or breastfeeding.

The Benefits of Sour Cream

Light sour cream is generally low in calories and high in calcium which is good for pregnant women. Your calcium levels can be depleted as your body takes nutrients from you to provide for your growing baby.

Increasing dairy and other calcium-rich foods can help!

Some sour cream brands also contain probiotics which can help digestion, ease heartburn and acid reflux, and other stomach-related issues during pregnancy.

Be sure to make adjustments to your diet to accommodate how pregnancy makes you feel and avoid any foods that upset your stomach or make you nauseous.

Foods you SHOULD avoid while pregnant

While sour cream is safe during pregnancy, there are several foods you should avoid.

Most of the foods to avoid are those that are more likely to be contaminated with listeria and other bacteria that can be harmful to you or your baby or can threaten your weakened immune system.

Here’s a comprehensive list:

  • Unpasteurized foods such as juices and dairy
  • Unpasteurized soft cheeses like blue cheese and brie
  • Deli meat, especially meats cut behind the counter
  • Raw meat and raw fish
  • Fish with a high mercury content such as shark, tuna, marlin, swordfish and mackerel
  • Raw or runny eggs
  • Unwashed produce
  • Organ meat
  • Caffeine
  • Raw Sprouts
  • Alcohol, tobacco and non-prescription drugs

So, go ahead and add some sour cream to that baked potato, top it on your favorite soups and enjoy your other favorite, pregnancy-safe foods.

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