All those Christmas treats sure are tempting. However, if you're pregnant or a new mama, you need healthy food not...

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All those Christmas treats sure are tempting. However, if you're pregnant or a new mama, you need healthy food not a plate full of holiday sugar and other holiday dangers. If you're pregnant: Avoid undercooked holiday food items such as raw cookie dough, soft cheeses, such as brie, blue, and goat cheeses, egg nog, and raw seafood. Avoid all alcohol. Celebration champagne and other alcohol beverages are not safe in any amount for your baby. Try a sparkling cider or a nice Christmas pregnancy-friendly cocktail. Help with the clean-up and dishes. Not because it's fun, but relaxing right away after eating can make pregnancy heartburn worse. If you're any mama - pregnant or otherwise: Stick to healthy platters. The best thing about holiday meals is that they often offer an abundance of healthy veggie and fruit options. Try filling up on veggie tray items, cranberries, fruit salad, and even a slice of pumpkin pie before hitting the other dishes. If you're breastfeeding, avoid foods and drinks that may make your babe cranky. Eat slow. Studies show that people are usually full before they feel it. If you eat slow, and take breaks between courses, you'll feel when you're full and stop eating before you feel like that stuffed turkey on the table. Go for a nice walk after your meal. Also read: Healthy eating when visions of sugarplums are dancing in your head

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