Is it safe to have Pizza during pregnancy?

Yes, with caution

// PregnantPlate Short Answer //

Is Pizza with vegetable toppings healthier in pregnancy than meat or shellfish toppings?

Pizza - also known as 

Calzone, Pizza Pie, Margherita, Pepperoni
Limits during pregnancy
no more than 1-2 slices

Pizza by definition is junk food and not included in the ideal pregnancy diet. However, if you are craving pizza, having a slice or two is not going to harm you or the baby. But there are a few things to keep in mind before one digs into the cheesy decadence of a pizza during pregnancy.

First, lookout for the kind of cheese topped on the pizza. Usually Pizzas have a topping of mozzarella cheese which is absolutely safe to consume during pregnancy. Even cheeses like Cheddar, Parmesan, Stilton, Feta Cream Cheese or Cottage Cheese are safe. But be cautious when it comes to mould-ripened soft cheeses like Brie, Camembert, Danish blue or Gorgonzola as they may carry the risk of listeriosis. It is best to cook it upto 165ºF so that any bacteria that may be lurking will be destroyed. But make sure to eat it piping hot, because once cool the bacteria may regrow on the pizza.

Similarly, if you have a topping of cold cured meat like Pepperoni, Parma ham or Salami or Shellfish toppings such as prawns, mussels or scallops, follow the ‘cook upto 165ºF’ guideline to be safe from the risk of listeriosis as well toxoplasmosis.

Second, preferably opt for fresh vegetable toppings on your pizza. This will not just provide vitamins, fiber and nutrients to you and your baby, but more importantly, cut down on the total calories you consume. Opt for thin crust pizza so that you limit the amount of refined wheat flour consumed.


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