News & Gossip Food & fitness Christmas What to eat & drink in pregnancy Christmas party food you can eat when pregnant If you're pregnant and not sure which festive snacks you can indulge in and which are best avoided, check out our guide. Don't worry, there's no need to feel you're missing out as there are PLENTY of treats you can still enjoy. Happy munching! 1 of Ad break So, which Christmas treats can you actually eat?There are plenty of festive foods you can enjoy when pregnant – and a few it pays to avoid. As a mum-to-be, you’re more susceptible to food poisoning due to changes to your immune system, and the consequences can be long-term. So if you’re at a party and aren't sure how food has been prepared, ask, or play it safe and avoid it. But the risk is small, so don’t worry if you eat something accidentally. There might be lots of sweet and savoury treats, but try not to forget healthy eating at Christmas. Your baby still needs you to eat well and have plenty of fruit and veg. When it comes to New Year – forget detoxes and diets if you’re pregnant: be sensible but definitely make sure you enjoy a little chocolate and other festive goodies too... SeafoodYou can eat: - Sushi as long as the fish was frozen first (the raw variety may contain tiny worms that are killed by freezing). Ready-made sushi should be fine as regulations mean that the fish must be frozen first. But a restaurant making sushi may use fresh fish, so ask before you order. - Smoked salmon is safe too. However, if it’s been on a buffet table for a while, the risk of listeria increases. You should avoid: - Shellfish, including oysters, prawns and mussels - as they can cause food poisoning, unless served piping hot. Are seafood and shellfish safe in pregnancy? Cold meats You can eat: - Leftover turkey, as long as it's been well stored in the fridge. And use it up within two days of cooking it. You should avoid: - Parma ham and salami. These are cured but not cooked and can cause toxoplasmosis, which can adversely affect your baby’s development. Are cured meats safe to eat when pregnant? CheesesYou can eat: - Hard cheeses, such as Cheddar, and pasteurised soft cheeses like Boursin. Are cottage cheese, cream cheese and Ricotta safe in pregnancy? You should avoid: - Soft mould-ripened cheeses, such as Brie or Camembert, and blue cheeses like Stilton. These can contain listeria unless they’re cooked thoroughly and eaten hot. Are Stilton and other blue cheeses safe in pregnancy? Continue slideshow > Puddings You can eat: - Christmas cake – although if it’s homemade check that the icing doesn’t contain raw egg. - Mince pies, cake, trifle and most shop-bought ice-cream – as long as it’s been made using pasteurised eggs. You should avoid: - There used to be a time when puddings containing raw or partly cooked eggs, such as homemade mousse, cheesecake and meringues were considered unsafe. However, raw eggs are considered fine to eat if they have the Lion stamp - so if any of your puds have been made using these eggs, you can enjoy them after all. If you're not sure - you might want to skip them to be on the safe side. SaladYou can eat: - Leafy green salads, but only if you make sure they’re thoroughly washed first. You should avoid: - Coleslaw as it can contain listeria. Also, steer clear of salads made with homemade mayonnaise if you don't know that the eggs used in it are Lion-stamped ones. If you're not sure - mayonnaise from a jar is a good, safe alternative. Are pre-packed salads safe in pregnancy? NutsNuts are such a staple of Christmas fayre we thought we'd better include some info on them. Since 2009 guidelines on eating them when pregnant have changed and it's now considered safe for pregnant women to eat nuts as part of a balanced diet – unless, of course, you're allergic yourself or a health professional has told you not to for any reason. And the really good news is any nuts are an excellent source of nutrients. For example, walnuts are a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which help keep the skin soft. Omega-3 is also essential for your baby's brain and nervous system. So enjoy! Are peanuts safe to eat during pregnancy? More stuff you might like Your ultimate guide to being pregnant at Christmas What happens if you go into labour during the Christmas holidays? 10 reasons it's GREAT to be pregnant at this time of year By Tara Breathnach Last updated on 11 November 2014 Comments Latest on MadeForMums Mum's guilty confession after 'turning in' another mum to the police The Unmumsy Mum shares BRILLIANT post-birth nappy reality pic MadeForMums Awards 2018 shortlist announced Mum takes drastic action when her baby name is 'stolen'