If a burger is what you crave, opt for one made with turkey or veggies rather than beef. Turkey and soy-based burgers deliver iron and protein, both of which your baby-growing body needs, says Mora. But they’ll often do it with fewer calories and less fat than a typical beef burger. Adding a slice of cheese is a good way to get some calcium -- just choose a low-fat version. And load up on as many vegetable toppings as you can: lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, mushrooms, roasted peppers. Veggies are packed with vitamins and fiber that will help you feel fuller longer.
But the most important thing to remember with burgers, Mora says, is making sure they’re fully cooked. “The meat should have no pink whatsoever,” she says. As part of pregnancy, your immune defenses are muted, which means your ability to fight off bacteria in undercooked meat is compromised.
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