Can I Eat Menudo While Pregnant?

Yes, you can eat menudo while pregnant but with some few caveats. Menudo is a traditional Mexican soup made with tripe(the stomach lining of a cow or pig) and typically includes ingredients like hominy(dried maize kernels treated with an alkali), chillies and spices.

The issue with this soup doesn’t lie in these ingredients but on how it is prepared and served. These guidelines are sure to help you safely eat it:

  • Cooking and preparation: Always ensure that menudo is cooked thoroughly and at a high temperature to kill all possible harmful bacteria. Eating undercooked or contaminated meat can be harmful to you and the baby.
  • Some preggy moms may choose to avoid tripe due to its unique texture and strong flavor. If you have never eaten tripe before, you might want to be cautious when trying it for the first time during pregnancy.
  • Pay attention to the spices and seasoning you use in your menudo. Some spices can be very spicy, leading to heartburn or indigestion. Make sure the spice is tolerable for you
  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredient, then be sure to take it into consideration. For instance, if you are gluten intolerant, re-check the ingredients and make sure it doesn’t come with any wheat component.
  • Though this soup can be a great source of various nutrients like proteins or vitamins, it may not be suitable as a regular or primary source of nutrition during pregnancy. Be sure to incorporate into a balanced diet.

Is It safe to eat menudo while pregnant?

Yes, it is generally safe for pregnant moms to eat Menudo, but as with any dish, safe consumption depends on factors such as preparation techniques, ingredient freshness, and overall cleanliness.

This soup comprises of ingredients like beef tripe and a base of red chili pepper, which are not problematic if prepared correctly.

It can be included in a healthy and balanced diet, and it comes with nutritional benefits, such as being high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals.

Nevertheless, ensure the preparation area is clean and the dish is well-cooked, especially the tripe, to minimize the risk of bacterial contamination.

Check for spoilage indicators such as discoloration, unpleasant odors, or changes in texture before eating Menudo.

What are the health benefits of menudo?

  • Proteins: The tripe used in this Mexican soup is a great source of protein. Protein is important for the growth of the baby and can support mother’s increased blood volume.
  • Irons: beef tripe is a good source of iron which is necessary in preventing anaemia. Anaemia can lead to fatigue and other health issues so it’s crucial to maintain sufficient levels
  • Collagen: tripe is rich in collagen which is a protein that support skin elasticity and joint health.
  • Zinc: Useful for the proper functioning of the immune system and for the development of the baby’s cells and DNA.
  • Folates: Hominy is a powerhouse of flate which is required for fetal neural tube development and can help prevent birth defects.  

What other Mexican food is safe during pregnancy?

Mexican cuisine offers a wide variety of dishes and many of them can be safe and nutritious. Here’re some Mexican foods that are generally considered safe for pregnant women;

  • Tacos: Made with lean proteins like grilled chicken, beef, or fish, along with plenty of vegetables, can be a healthy and satisfying choice. Just be mindful of the salsa and avoid overly spicy options if you have a sensitive stomach.
  • Guacamole: Avocado based guacamole is a fantastic source of healthy fats, fiber, and essential nutrients like folate and potassium. It’s a nutritious dip or topping for tacos and other dishes.
  • Enchiladas: Opt for enchiladas filled with lean proteins like chicken or beans and topped with a tomato-based sauce. These can provide a balanced meal with protein and fiber.
  • Rice and beans: A classic Mexican side dish which is good source of fiber, protein, and carbohydrates. They can be a nutritious addition to your meal.
  • Quesadillas: Made with whole wheat tortillas, cheese, and vegetables can be a satisfying and balanced option. You can also add lean protein like chicken or beans for extra nutrition.
  • Tamale: made with lean fillings like chicken or vegetables can be a nutritious choice. The corn masa used in tamales provides carbohydrates and can be a good source of energy.
  • Salsa: Mild tomato based salsas can add flavor and nutrients to your dishes without being overly spicy. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Fresh corn and the cob can be a delectable and nutritious treat. Just be mindful of the seasonings and toppings and avoid excess cheese and mayo.

While these can be part of a healthy pregnancy diet, it’s important to ensure food safety by using fresh and high quality ingredients as well as perhaps properly cook and prepare them in hygienic conditions.

What kind of deli meat is safe to eat when pregnant?

To be on the safer side, it’s best to avoid deli meats while pregnant because they have higher chances of containing listeria.

Another reason to avoid them is that they are high in saturated fats and sodium which isn’t ideal for expectant mothers in high amounts.

But if you still choose to eat them, then heat until they are steaming at an internal heat of 165 degree farenheit, which should kill any present Listeria bacteria.

What is best not to eat while pregnant?

Here’s a list of foods and substances that are to be avoided or eaten in very smaller quantities;

  • Raw or undercooked seafood and fishes
  • Raw eggs
  • Deli meats
  • Unpasteurized dairy
  • High-mercury fishes
  • Raw sprouts
  • Caffeine

Can you eat menudo while breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding moms are not left out – they can certainly enjoy this soup too, but with few considerations too.

Spicy ingredients

We know how spicy this soup can be, and some breastfeeding mothers find that spicy foods can affect the flavor of their breast milk.

This may potentially make it less appealing to breastfed babies. However, this can vary for every lactating mom, and not all babies will be sensitive to spicy foods.

Baby’s sensitivity

They should pay attention to how the baby reacts after they consume menudo. Some infants may respond to mom’s intake of spicy foods by showing signs of irritability and other times, have digestive issues.

If you notice any unusual reaction in baby, you may want to reduce your intake.


This soup can be salty and  it’s important to stay hydrated while breastfeeding. As such, be sure to drink more water when consuming salty foods to maintain hydration levels, as failing to rehydrate may increase rsik to dehydration which can affect milk supply.


As with any food, moderation is key. Eating menudo occasionally should not pose a problem for most breastfeeding mothers or their babies.

However, if you plan to include it in your diet regularly, consider how your baby responds and adjust accordingly.

Is menudo healthy for weight loss?

Yes, it can be considered a relatively healthy option for weight loss especially, for non-pregnant people due to the high protein content and moderate calorie count.

Specifically, it can increase satiety, reducing the number of calories you eat throughout the day.

One serving, which is about a cup contains approximately 180 calories, 16 grams of carbs, 6 grams of fat and a whooping 21 grams of lean tissue-building protein.

This fits perfect in many healthy meal plans and would likely be a good option for if you’re trying to shed some pounds.

That said, Menudo could be high in sodium, especially for canned versions, which can lead to water retention if consumed too frequently, potentially affecting weight loss efforts.

FAQsCan I Eat Menudo While Pregnant?

Is tripe ok to eat while pregnant?

Tripe in menudo can be safe to eat by pregnant moms as long as they are properly cooked to kill all possible bacteria like salmonella or E.coli.

Can you eat pizza while pregnant?

Yes you can eat fresh pizza while expecting but you should ensure it is thoroughly cooked and must be eaten when it’s piping hot. Remember that all meat toppings like pepperoni need to be heated too, and the cheeses be made from pasteurized milk.

What sauces to avoid when pregnant?

You should avoid sauces with raw eggs(mayonnaise, hollandaise, aioli, and some Caesar dressings), sauces with high mercury and those that contain mostly garlic. These have higher chances of a possible listeria bacteria that’s why you should stay off them while pregnant.


Menudo can be a nutritious and flavorful option for pregnant women when consumed in moderate quantities, and with careful consideration of individual preferences and health needs.

It’s rich in proteins, iron, zinc and other good nutrients, contributing positively to a healthy pregnancy.

However, pregnant women should exercise caution by ensuring proper hygiene during preparation and being mindful of spice levels, especially if they have sensitivities.

It’s required of you to maintain a balanced diet that adds variety of foods to meet all your nutritional needs during these precious times.


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Georgina Austin, CNM

Georgina Austin, CNM

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