*Please note: ALWAYS consult your doctor before making any dietary decisions when pregnant.
Are you pregnant and craving the taste of delicious cheesy pizza, but wondering if pizza is a good idea for pregnant women? If so, I have great news for you.
During pregnancy, the body needs specific nutrients to ensure both Mum and baby stay healthy.
Pizza is good for pregnant women as it is a fantastic source of these nutrients.
Calcium is important for pregnancy. Calcium is one of the minerals our bodies can’t make itself so we need to get it externally. An interesting fact is that during pregnancy, your baby extracts calcium from your bones and teeth for its own calcium needs, so it’s essential to consume adequate calcium to ensure your bones and teeth don’t get weak. It’s recommended to consume a minimum of 1000mg of calcium daily in pregnancy.
Cheese on pizza is a good source of calcium. Mozzarella cheese is perfectly safe and is the most common cheese used as a pizza topping.
Try Il Tempo’s Margherita pizza with tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil.
Vitamin C helps both Mum and baby stay healthy. It aids in wound healing and tissue repair and has the added bonus of helping to increase iron absorption when eating in conjunction with iron-rich foods.
If you add toppings such as capsicum and tomatoes to your pizza, you’ll be getting Vitamin C. Whatever team you may be on in the “Does pineapple belong on pizza debate”, pineapple is also a significant source of Vitamin C and its health benefits are indisputable.
Try Il Tempo’s vegetarian pizza (ask for it without Grana Padano) with tomato, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, zucchini, olives, capsicum and garlic oil.
Iron is one of the most important minerals in a pregnancy diet. During pregnancy your body requires extra iron in order to make additional blood for both Mum and baby. Insufficient iron during pregnancy can cause mothers to feel very tired, and puts them at risk of developing anaemia, which makes it difficult for blood to carry oxygen around the body.
Adding a healthy protein like cooked chicken to your pizza can give your body an iron boost. Prawns are also a safe and delicious pizza topping, as long as they’ve been freshly cooked.
Try Il Tempo’s Chicken Pineapple BBQ pizza with tomato, mozzarella cheese, shredded chicken breast, pineapple and bbq sauce.
Toppings to avoid
Try and avoid soft, mouldy, raw, and unpasteurised cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, blue vein, Feta and Grana Padano, because they carry a significant risk of listeria infection which can be dangerous for a growing baby.
Any meat eaten during pregnancy must be properly cooked in order to avoid foodborne illnesses, like salmonella and toxoplasmosis. Deli meats should also be cooked until steaming hot, as they can carry listeria.
Salty foods such as anchovies and olives can increase bloating in pregnancy and should be consumed in moderation. Anchovies can also be a source of listeria bacteria.
With the right, nutritious toppings, pizza is a great way to get much needed nutrients as part of a healthy pregnancy diet. So next time you get a craving for pizza, rest assured that you and your baby will benefit from it.
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