10 Foods You Can Actually Eat When You’re Pregnant in Paris

Paris, the City of Light and culinary de-lights….except when you’re pregnant.

If thinking of all the quintessential French foods that are off limits during your pregnancy is making you want to cancel your flight, don’t despair!

I’ve devised a list of delicious French dishes that are safe to eat during pregnancy:

1. Croque monsieur (ham sandwich smothered in gruyère cheese*)

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Barbone – seriouseats.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Soupe à l’oignon (French onion soup—particularly comforting on a crisp fall day)

Onion soup Paris

Photo courtesy of Katrina Turnbull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Tarte au chèvre et tomates (tomato and goat’s cheese tart)

Photo courtesy of Cauxcotte - www.lacuisinefacile.com

Photo courtesy of Cauxcotte – lacuisinefacile.com

4. Gratin dauphinois (the most mouthwatering scalloped potatoes you’ve ever had)

Photo courtesy of Marilyne Clarac and Loïc Gaessler - www.femmeactuelle.fr

Photo courtesy of Marilyne Clarac and Loïc Gaessler – femmeactuelle.fr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Quiche lorraine (ham and gruyère cheese* quiche)

Photo courtesy of Corbis - http://www.theguardian.com

Photo courtesy of Corbis – theguardian.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Blanquette de veau (a luscious veal stew)

Photo courtesy of Deana Sidney  - lostpastremembered.blogspot.com

Photo courtesy of Deana Sidney – lostpastremembered.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Gratin d’aubergine (grilled eggplant baked in tomato sauce topped with melted cheese)

Photo courtesy of KiyaKuisine - http://kiyakuisine.canalblog.com

Photo courtesy of KiyaKuisine – kiyakuisine.canalblog.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Choux de Bruxelles aux lardons (Brussels sprouts sautéed in garlic and bacon)

Photo courtesy of www.cuisineetvinsdefrance.com

Photo courtesy of cuisineetvinsdefrance.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 9. Ratatouille (colourful stewed vegetables in tomato sauce)

Photo courtesy of Food52 - food52.com

Photo courtesy of Food52 – food52.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Baguette au jambon et emmental (ham and swiss cheese* baguette)

Photo courtesy of AJ - disneyfoodblog.com

Photo courtesy of AJ – disneyfoodblog.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Pregnant women should consume only pasteurized cheeses.

Tip: For a phenomenal lunch deal, order la formule from a boulangerie (bakery). It includes an entrée, drink, and dessert, all for around €7.

I also highly recommend eating as many croissants and crêpes as you possibly can (see my blog post on My Search for the Best Crêpes in Paris).

French foods to avoid

It is typical French fashion to serve food raw or undercooked (by Western standards). According to government health agencies in both Canada and France, pregnant women should avoid eating raw meats, poultry and seafood to minimize the risk of listeriosis.

Most cuts of beef, pork and lamb, and dishes such as steak frites, coquilles St-Jacques (scallops), and confit de canard (roasted duck), should be avoided as they tend to be served rare. And from personal experience, these dishes are not meant to be served well done.

Here is a list of (albeit delectable) French foods to avoid:

  • Mousse au chocolat (or any desserts containing raw egg)
  • Salad (due to the high risk of toxoplasmosis on lettuce in France)
  • Brie, camembert, and blue cheeses (essentially all mold-ripened and unpasteurized cheeses)
  • Pâté, foie gras, and rillette (chunkier style of pâté)
  • Béarnaise sauce (contains raw eggs)
  • Steak tartare (literally raw minced beef)
  • Boeuf Bourguignon (cooked with copious amounts of red wine and brandy)
  • Coquillages and saumon fumé (shellfish and smoked salmon)
  • Wine (I found it helpful to sniff other people’s wine to satisfy my cravings)

Now you may be saying to yourself, “Hey Katrina, aren’t you forgetting something? What about the pastries?!” Don’t fret my pet, I have dedicated an entire blog post to this topic.

Check out my upcoming post on 12 French Pastries You Must Try Before Your Water Breaks.

 

Bon appétit!

 

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11 thoughts on “10 Foods You Can Actually Eat When You’re Pregnant in Paris

  1. These food photos are mouth watering!! I know that it’s easy to be discourage by all that you’re not supposed to eat when pregnant, but it just takes a little reminder like your post to feel better about all the great food that can be eaten!

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  2. Katrina, aside from the occasional slice of ham, these actually look pretty decent for vegetarians too! I’m a veggie and struggle so much sometimes finding good substitutes in france! 🙂 A tarte au chevre always does the trick!

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  3. Pingback: 12 French Pastries You Must Try Before Your Water Breaks | Pregnant in Paris

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