Eggnog is a sweet and creamy beverage made with milk, cream, sugar, and whipped egg whites and egg yolks. It is usually considered to be a safe drink unless it is made from unpasteurized eggs and milk, or isn’t thoroughly cooked. Modern variations of eggnog include alcohol punched eggnogs. All the 3 conditions (unpasteurized eggs, unpasteurized milk, not thoroughly cooked) in eggnog make it unsafe for women to have it during pregnancy. In the case of unpasteurization, there are certain harmful microbes of salmonella bacteria that can cause diarrhea and stomach infection, that can further lead to premature delivery and miscarriage.
However, if you remove these unfavorable conditions, eating eggnog during pregnancy also has certain benefits. For instance, the Vitamin C in eggnog prevents anemia in mothers and aids in placental formation, whereas Vitamin A becomes the building blocks for your baby’s brain development. Even the calcium in eggnog helps in the development of strong teeth and bones of your baby. Thus, with all the precautionary checks in mind, eggnog is safe for consumption and lays an array of benefits for women during pregnancy.