Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Pregnancy and Dessert

Jun 5, 2019 7:34:09 AM / by Metro OBGYN Team posted in Pregnancy

Summer is almost here, which means picnics, backyard cookouts, and get-togethers with family and friends. These gatherings will most likely include plenty of tasty food and sweet treats—from ice cream and popsicles to delicious cakes and candy that can leave us feeling happy and content after a meal.

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So, what are you supposed to do if you’re pregnant and want dessert? You’re now eating for two (or possibly more if you have multiple), so that means trying to eat a healthier diet. However, don’t worry, as there are some healthier desserts you can indulge in that are safe for you and your baby.

Follow these sweet tips for which desserts you should and shouldn’t be overindulging on while pregnant!

6 desserts you can eat during pregnancy

There are many different types of desserts that women can have during pregnancy. However, the key is moderation—it’s okay to have a daily dessert, just make sure it's on the smaller side.

1. Fruits

One of the healthiest desserts you can eat is fruit. Unfortunately, not all fruits offer the same benefits, so it’s important to stick to low-sugar fruits packed with nutrients such as vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.

Some fruits to indulge in during pregnancy include (but are not limited to):
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Kiwis
  • Oranges
  • Watermelons
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Fresh Peaches

2. Fruit popsicles

If you need a cold dessert on a hot summer day, you may want to pass on a sugary freeze pop and instead try a healthy alternative like a fruit popsicle. You can make your own by blending the fruits above with greek yogurt or coconut milk and freezing them.

3. Gelato

In the mood for ice cream? Try gelato! Gelato, an Italian dessert that’s gaining popularity in the US is made without egg yolks and churned at a slower rate which produces a creamier counterpart to ice cream. Plus, gelato also has less sugar, fat, and calories than ice cream, making it a perfect summer treat when you’re pregnant.

4. Yogurt parfait

Yogurt parfaits offer a plethora of protein, calcium, vitamins, and fiber, just like the prenatal vitamins you’re taking. Top your yogurt with fruits, oats, and nuts for a healthy spin on a sundae.

5. Angel food cake

If cake is what you crave, opt for an angel food cake. Made without butter, angel food cake just has egg whites, flour, cream of tartar, and sugar. But, don’t go for the sugary store-bought versions, make it at home to ensure you monitor the dessert’s sugar content.

6. Dark chocolate

In moderation, dark chocolate can be good for you, as it’s packed with antioxidants and healthy minerals. Choose dark chocolate that has over 70% cocoa. If you want to curb your chocolate cravings during pregnancy, opt for a chocolate bar so you can break it up and eat it as dessert over a few days.

3 desserts to avoid during pregnancy

While there are low-sugar and low-fat alternatives for many treats, there are some desserts that can be dangerous to consume when pregnant.

1. Licorice

It’s best to avoid licorice while pregnant due to an added chemical called glycyrrhizin. Glycyrrhizin can be associated with fetal development issues, as it stops the placenta from allowing key hormones to enter the baby. Furthermore, eating licorice can lead to high blood pressure and preterm labor.

2. Uncooked mousse and meringues

Tiramisu, chocolate mousse, and lemon meringue pie should be avoided if you’re pregnant. All of these desserts contain raw eggs, which can produce the risk of salmonella.

3. Cookie dough

Cookie dough made with raw eggs also poses a risk of salmonella. Avoid eating a spoonful when baking cookies. If you desire a cookie dough fix, try homemade eggless cookie dough.

Consult with Metro OBGYN about what to eat

It’s important to make sure you’re sticking to healthy eating habits during pregnancy. If you have a sweet tooth or your dessert cravings hit, try the healthier options mentioned in this blog. Just remember to eat your desserts in moderation!

Speak with a provider about what foods you should eat during pregnancy when you schedule an appointment today.

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Metro OBGYN Team

Written by Metro OBGYN Team

Metro OBGYN is an independently owned practice that provides compassionate, convenient care across the spectrum of women's health services.

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