eggs & pregnancy
Can you eat eggs when you’re pregnant? The answer is yes.
In fact, when you’re pregnant it’s more important than ever to get enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs and eating eggs is an easy, tasty way to do just that.
The good news is, it’s now safer than ever to eat eggs when you’re pregnant. Schemes like the British Lion egg safety mark are raising standards, virtually eliminating salmonella and making the rules on eggs and pregnancy more relaxed.
However, for the time being, the official recommendation remains that eating runny or raw eggs should be avoided while pregnant.
Remember: it’s even more important when you’re pregnant that the eggs you eat are fresh. Read more about egg safety.
Unless you’re allergic to them, you can still eat eggs while breastfeeding.
In fact, experts think that exposing your baby to egg through your breast milk might reduce the chance of them being allergic to it later. Read more about eggs and babies.
As the health community’s understanding of allergies is increasing, the advice on eggs and pregnancy is changing. In the past, mums to be were told to avoid foods that many people are allergic to, like peanuts or eggs, because it was thought that they might increase allergies in babies.
Today, research is showing that eating eggs (or other potentially allergenic foods) when you’re pregnant could actually reduce the risk of your baby developing an egg allergy.