Can you Eat Prime Rib While Pregnant? [Expert verified]

Verified by Edna Skopljak MD
Verified by Edna Skopljak MD

Edna Skopljak is a medical doctor and an editor at BJBMS medical journal. She graduated from the University of Sarajevo School of Science and Technology.

Pregnancy can be such a happy time in a woman’s life, but you may be left wondering, can you eat prime rib while pregnant?

Let’s explore if you can and what you need to do to be safe while eating meat during pregnancy.

Can a pregnant woman eat prime rib?

Yes, a pregnant woman can eat prime rib. You need to be diligent in checking the internal temperature of your prime rib and ensure it is at least 145 degrees. While you are pregnant, your immune system is lower, and you are prone to catching food-borne illnesses if you consume undercooked food.

If you are ordering prime rib from a restaurant, you can ask that they check the internal temperature or even bring along your meat thermometer, it may seem a little over the top, but it is best to walk on the side of caution when it comes to the health of your baby.

Can I eat medium rare prime rib while pregnant?

Yes, you can eat medium rare prime rib when pregnant. It will be ok if it has been handled properly and cooked correctly. Food poisoning is a big concern with eating meat that is not cooked through. This can be avoided with the proper cooking and handling of the meat.

If you are unsure or want to walk on the side of caution, you can request your prime rib be medium or medium-well to ensure it is cooked through and reaches a high internal temperature.

Can I eat my steak medium rare while pregnant?

Yes, you can eat your steak medium rare while pregnant. Just like the prime rib, the steak must be handled and cooked appropriately t ensure no harmful bacteria are left within the meat. If you are nervous, go for a steak that is cooked a bit longer while pregnant.

How should a steak be cooked for a pregnant woman?

When you are cooking steak, the internal temperature is the most important thing you want to focus on. Your steak should reach at least 145 degrees to ensure the heat kills any bacteria hanging out in the steak.

When you are cooking your steak, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature when you think it is done. Find the thickest part of the steak and insert the thermometer into it. You will want to wait 3 to 4 minutes to let the thermometer get an accurate internal temperature reading.

The steak will keep cooking after you have removed it from the heat, so start checking the temperature a little before it reaches the level of doneness you prefer.

What kind of steak can a pregnant woman eat?

Pregnant women can eat any type of steak as long as it is handled and cooked correctly. The internal temperature of the steak must be at least 145 degrees in order to be considered safe.


If you are a meat-loving woman and can’t live without your prime rib and steak, you don’t have to. Meat is a terrific source of protein and iron; as long as the meat is cooked correctly and adequately, you can enjoy your prime rib and steak.