No More Runny Yolks

Eggs are such a great food, and they have been a big go to protein for me during my pregnancy.  I wrote about eggs once before and why they are so great for you.  But if you’re pregnant, say goodbye to runny yolks!

Here are some reasons I love eggs:

  • They are a complete source of protein
  • They are cheap and easy to cook
  • They are very versatile
  • Packed with the essential nutrient choline.  Why is choline so good for you?

Choline is an essential nutrient and a vitamin-like substance needed for cells to function properly.  Specifically important for liver, brain & nerve function, memory and for transporting nutrients in the body.  Choline also reduces homocysteine levels, high levels of homocysteine in the blood may increase the risk for heart disease.    Recent research is finding that many people may not be getting enough choline in their diets.

Recent research has found choline to be associated with many positive outcomes for moms & their babies including: reduced risks of birth defects, improved memory & maintaining mom’s choline supply.

Choline is found in the egg yolk (not the white).

When Pregnant: Avoid Raw Eggs

  • The main concern during pregnancy is the risk of salmonella with raw eggs.
  • Make sure your eggs are cooked fully through – no runny yolks!  Choose omelets, scrambled eggs and hard boiled eggs over poached or fried.
  • Some homemade or restaurant made foods contain raw eggs and you should be careful when consuming these: Caesar dressing, mayonnaise, hollandaise sauce, carbonara sauces, homemade ice cream and custards.  Most commercially made products use pasteurized eggs which reduces the risk of salmonella.
  • I have enjoyed egg salad, omelets and scrambled eggs immensely during my pregnancy.  Sometimes I’m not in the mood to cook animal protein so eggs are an easy substitute.

My Pregnancy Update

  • I’m 31 weeks pregnant now, I can’t believe I’m in the home stretch with only single digits left!  I’ll be full term in 6 weeks and am due in 9!
  • The baby is a healthy 3lbs 5oz, and I’ve put on 14 pounds.  Everyone tells me I “look” small for 31 weeks, but she’s a perfect size for her gestational age 🙂
  • I’m at the point now where random people are noticing, this really only started happening the last couple weeks.  I think it was all the winter gear before that hid my bump.  But still I have not once been given a seat to on the subway, can you believe that?!  Oh well, at least I haven’t really needed one yet.
  • My energy level is fantastic.  However, one thing to note is that my belly cramps up a bit more these days, I tried running yesterday and I couldn’t, so I walked instead.  I think it’s time that my cardio be decreased even though breathing wise I’m fine (most pregnant people complained of being winded, that hasn’t happened to me), but my body is saying no in other ways.

8 Responses

  1. Could you use pasteurized eggs and still have them runny? I think I’ve seen pasteurized eggs at the store but they were more expensive than the regular. There’s nothing like an egg over easy with toast!

  2. Such great tips for Moms-to-be! People really need to start giving up the seats to you on the subway!!! Glad you are having such a successful pregnancy! Stay healthy!

  3. Great tips! 😀 The egg yolk is so full of nutrients, that it’s a shame people automatically throw it out whenever they cook up eggs.

  4. I love eggs too. Hard boiled eggs remind me of my childhood 🙂

    I am 24 weeks pregnant and for the first time last week a random person (check out lady) noticed. Yah!

    I just came back from a holiday and had to take a bus from the airport to the car park and was not given a seat. I pointed to the picture of the pregnant cartoon woman above where the person was sitting and asked my husband ‘don’t i look like that? :)’ I wonder if the guy sitting down heard me.

    I asked my obstetrician last week if I should try not to do too much jumping, (like 30 seconds of starjumps in some Jillian Michaels workout DVDs – I feel fine when I jump but for some reason I felt they were wrong for pregnancy). My obstetrician, who usually tells me to do whatever exercise I feel like doing as long as it feels comfortable, actually told me to my surprise not to because you can get micro haemorrhages of the placenta with high impact activity. I imagine running could produce a similar problem. A low impact replacement for running sounds very sensible.


    • It’s so fun being noticed! I think some people choose to ignore it b/c they just don’t want to give up their seats!! I’m sure he heard you. Jumping can be tough on the body, I’m working with a prenatal trainer now and she has me do modified jumping jacks. My doctor said I can run up until the end as long as I feel fine, and I’ve heard a lot of people say that as well – but I do think it’s very individualized. I’ve never heard of micro hemorrhages – very interesting, I may ask my doc about that next time. Continue to feel well!

  5. when one eats fried egg with yolk that’s not runny but orange, so not yet light yellow is that risky in terms of salmonella?

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