Research-Backed Benefits of Eating Eggs in Pregnancy
Eggs contain a lot of choline, but you probably haven’t heard much about it. Before about 20 years ago, little was known about choline, a B-vitamin relative, outside of the research community. While the first recommended daily intakes for most other nutrients were established in the 1940s to 1960s, the first recommendations for choline were made in 1998. The nutritional science community has only recently discovered choline.
It turns out that choline promotes normal brain development and guards against neural tube defects in a baby, some of which are similar to those of folate. (American Journal of Epidemiology, 2004) Nearly every woman is aware of the importance of folate (or its synthetic equivalent, folic acid) for a healthy pregnancy, but choline is rarely mentioned.
How to Cook and Eat Your Eggs While Pregnant
Given all the advantages eggs have for pregnant women’s health, you might want to start including eggs in your diet more frequently. A nutritious breakfast, such as whole-grain bread and eggs that have been cooked to perfection, can be the ideal way to include a lot of important nutrients in your prenatal diet. Make sure you are familiar with proper egg cooking techniques if you intend to eat eggs frequently. Despite the fact that eggs can be prepared in a variety of ways, some are safer than others for pregnant women to consume.
The most crucial step in egg preparation to take while expecting is to fully cook your eggs. Despite the fact that many egg-cooking methods involve fully cooking the egg, some only cook it up to a certain point before leaving the rest of it raw. It is advised to stay away from any cooking method that leaves some of the egg raw if you are expecting.
The eggs are thoroughly cooked until they are firm in many popular egg dishes, such as:
If you want to avoid unintentionally consuming anything raw while pregnant, abide by these egg safety precautions:
Make sure you avoid consuming eggs that have been prepared with a runny yolk in addition to adhering to the safety advice listed above. Pregnant women are advised to steer clear of the following soft styles of cooked eggs:
Can Pregnant Women Eat Just Egg Yolk, and Not the White, or Vice Versa?
Pregnant women should refrain from eating undercooked eggs, including the yolk and white. Salmonella can be found in either, so it is irrelevant, for example, if the yolk is runny and the white is fully cooked (as in a sunny side up fried egg).
Pregnancy should be avoided if any part of the egg is undercooked or runny. The egg should be treated as a whole. Do not skip the yolk because it contains the majority of the essential nutrients found in eggs.