Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium
Yes, it is safe and healthy to eat delicious pesto in pregnancy. Containing wholesome ingredients like basil, pinenuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil, it packs a punch in both flavour and nutrients. Pinenuts are rich in proteins, which benefit your baby's development. Basil has antioxidant properties. If you are making pesto at home, make sure you wash the basil leaves very well.
Go ahead and eat pesto in the postpartum period. With antioxidants and good fats, it can promote healing and boost your immunity. Not to mention that it is also delicious!
Pesto is perfectly safe and healthy to consume while breastfeeding. Stir pesto through a bowl of wholewheat pasta, sprinkle some parmesan on top and you're good to go!
You can give pesto to your baby between the ages of 10-12 months, but only if it is homemade. Shop bought pesto contains far too much salt for your baby. Avoid adding salt when you make it at home and only add around a teaspoon or so to some pasta in case your baby finds the basil flavour too strong.