If you’re like me, there’s nothing quite like a sunny side up egg in the morning. Dunking toast in the yolk is so yummy, it’s a good start to the day and is pretty easy to make too. But is this something you should eat while pregnant, since it does involve eating uncooked eggs, and there’s concern about salmonella.
Turns out that you shouldn’t consumer partially cooked eggs, and you need to make sure that the yolks are fully cooked as well as the whites of the eggs. It may not taste as good, because the flavor of the yolk changes once it’s cooked through, not to mention the consistency once it’s fully hardened. If a fully cooked fried egg is not to your liking, you can go with scrambled, just make sure that they are dry when you get them, and not soft scrambled like you’ll get in many fine restaurants.
This also applies to boiled or poached eggs. Many times it’s hard to tell if these eggs are all the way cooked because of all the water they are cooked in. You’ll want to check the yolk by cutting into it and seeing if it’s runny. If it is you’ll have to get a new batch going and extend the time so that you make sure it’s cooked all the way through.
Can I Eat a Sunny Side Up Egg While Pregnant? Not Recommended.
When you were just eating for one, a sunny side up egg or two was fine, but now you have to think about what’s best for your baby, and there are different rules in place. The bacteria that are in eggs need to be cooked in order to avoid contaminating the fetus. Even a mild reaction to salmonella can cause things like fever and diarrhea, which will add strain and stress to your pregnancy.
Even though there’s a slim chance that your sunny side up egg will contain salmonella in it, this is a time in your life where you don’t want to take any chances. Leave your wild side alone for however many months left of your pregnancy and you can resume your wild, runny yolk eating ways for after you’re done breastfeeding.
Avoid Eggs Altogether?
Even though many places cite eggs as being safe to eat while pregnant as long as they’re thoroughly cooked, some say there’s really no reason to eat them, other than for the taste. The debate is that they aren’t the healthiest option for you while you’re pregnant, and even when you’re not. This argument has been going on for decades, with no clear answer in sight. Proponents of eggs say that they have the best quality protein you can get, and that they’re not expensive, making it seem like a good idea to stock up on eggs while you’re pregnant, just make sure to cook them thoroughly.
The other side says that they can raise your cholesterol levels, and that you have to limit your daily egg intake if you want to be healthy. Others also say that eating eggs will make you fat, and that you shouldn’t be eating egg yolks. Perhaps you think that because you’re pregnant you have the green light on getting fat and not really watching what you eat in regards to weight gain. But this is a time in your life when you shouldn’t be throwing caution to the wind. This is a chance for you to establish good eating habits, and perhaps break free from some of the bad habits you had before you got pregnant.
Sunny Side Up Alternatives
There’s not really much you can do to an egg that replicates the taste and experience of a sunny side up egg. Cooking it all the way through changes the taste and consistency and will leave you disappointed with what you end up with. Scrambled is not even close to the same thing. This might be something you just have to put on the shelf for awhile, and resume once you’re not eating for two any more, or providing breast milk.
Prevention is the best way to make sure that your baby has a healthy start to life. It may sound extra cautious, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.