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Can someone clear this up for me: eggs

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Ladypug Wed 24-Jun-15 07:13:54

Am I allowed poached eggs during pregnancy? Am I allowed fried eggs during pregnancy? I don't think I am but midwife sheet says to eat eggs as protein but think this means scrambled eggs which o can't stand!

ginmakesitallok Wed 24-Jun-15 07:17:25

If the egg is lion stamped then you can have it raw if you want. The issue with unstamped eggs is now the method of cooking as such, but how well they are cooked. Non stamped eggs should be coined until yolk is hard, whether poached, fried or scrambled.

quesadillas Wed 24-Jun-15 07:20:48

Yes, eggs are fine. The ones with the stamp on are fine to eat however you want. Poached eggs helped with my morning sickness.

Tootle10 Wed 24-Jun-15 07:20:54

NHS advice is to make sure yolks are solid - so you can have poached and fried eggs so long as the yolks aren't runny. The advice on the website is:

Make sure eggs are thoroughly cooked until the whites and yolks are solid, to prevent the risk of salmonella food poisoning. Salmonella food poisoning is unlikely to harm your baby, but it can give you a severe bout of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Enjoy your eggs!

Stinkersmum Wed 24-Jun-15 07:25:36

I've been eating soft poached and runny fried eggs all through my pregnancy. I've also eaten blue cheese, peanuts and rare steak. No problems so far.

dontcryitsonlyajoke Wed 24-Jun-15 07:28:28

You can eat eggs however you want. You're supposed to eat the yolks hard to avoid salmonella.

However lion mark eggs are all vaccinated against salmonella. So I ate runny eggs at home because I knew I had these, but would eat hard eggs in cafes etc because I didn't know where their eggs were from.

contractor6 Wed 24-Jun-15 07:43:10

I was told all uk eggs where lion stamped, good job too as one of my cravings is runny yolk with salt! Do you like omlette op?

MissTwister Wed 24-Jun-15 08:10:29

I believe they are considering changing the guidelines as lion stamped eggs are vaccinated and 100% salmonella free therefore you can eat them runny/ raw. The issue is in restaurants and stuff you can't be sure as they may have used fresh farm eggs. If I eat them at home it's runny all the way!

NeophyteStarfish Wed 24-Jun-15 10:16:29

My midwife told me no runny (soft) eggs, regardless of lion stamps.

I am missing eggs so much - have I been given wrong advice or is there official disagreement on this? I'd rather not take a risk if there might be a danger but I'd love a fried egg sandwich if it's safe! smile

Hippymama1 Wed 24-Jun-15 10:18:00

ladypug one of the only things I could stomach in early pregnancy was poached eggs on toast - as PPs have said, as long as they are lion stamped then I have been eating them as I want.

The risk is to you rather than to the baby, in that if you get salmonella it can make you very poorly but won't affect the baby's development. I have never had salmonella in my life so I don't really see it as a risk personally but then NHS website says you should cook all yolks until hard so it is really up to you to decide what you think is an acceptable level of risk.

FWIW I think the NHS are going to change their guidelines soon around lion stamped eggs.

KateRaeganandMichael Wed 24-Jun-15 10:23:10

I've always been told that you can have eggs as long as the yolks are solid. Having said that I have been eating whatever I want because a midwife (a long time ago now) said that if you are craving it your body must need it some why x

Topsy34 Wed 24-Jun-15 10:34:17

Chickens are vaccinated for salmonella now, and if the eggs arw fresh i dont see the problem

I enjoyed very runny fried eggs and bacon this morning! Enjoy your eggs!

Lunastarfish Wed 24-Jun-15 13:23:33

Eggs are one of the weird things where battery farm are better than organic as battery farm will be vaccinated against salmonella.

WinterOfOurDiscountTents15 Wed 24-Jun-15 13:26:32

All eggs in the UK that are commercially available will be free from salmonella. As often, NHS advice is poor and out of date.
You can drink raw eggs if you want as long as you didn't get them from some random farm.
And there is no "allowed" about it, you can do whatever you like. Just find out the facts for yourself and make your own sensible decisions.

scarednoob Wed 24-Jun-15 13:27:26

agree with the above - if I liked soft/runny eggs, I would be happy to buy lion stamped ones and cook them myself.

I would not eat soft/runny eggs from a restaurant or if the eggs had been given to me by a friend; in that case I would have them well done as there is no way of knowing whether the chicken was vaccinated!

MissTwister Wed 24-Jun-15 13:35:13

In pregnancy in general processed and or battery seems better than organic. Organic meat has loads higher risk of toxo and unprocessed juices and stuff can have listeria!

tinkerbellvspredator Wed 24-Jun-15 13:38:55

Just to clarify, restaurants and cafes generally do not buy UK eggs they buy cheaper eggs from abroad in bulk which have a much higher chance of salmonella so don't eat runny ones out and about.

TobleroneBoo Wed 24-Jun-15 13:50:37

If you cant have a runny yolk, whats the point of an egg smile

Roonerspism Wed 24-Jun-15 13:52:57

I ate runny eggs through all my pregnancies (but always UK eggs).

Eggs are great for you when pregnant.

MadgeMak Wed 24-Jun-15 13:54:32

An egg that isn't runny isn't worth eating. If they are lion stamped then it's fine, enjoy.

sianihedgehog Wed 24-Jun-15 14:01:31

Most of the risk from meat is from processing, rather than inherent. And contamination is higher in cheap meat. There is no difference between battery and organic as far as vaccination status goes, but disease rates and post slaughter contamination tend to be lower in organic systems.

Roonerspism Wed 24-Jun-15 14:07:09

I think you need to watch toxo from uncooked meat though - lamb, venison and beef.

I ate eggs daily but was really careful with meat

MissTwister Wed 24-Jun-15 14:55:58

Pork for Toxo too. I'm eating all my meat well done which is a crime....

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