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.