• You're all caught up!

Can You Eat Quail When You Are Pregnant?

author image Brenna Davis
Brenna Davis is a professional writer who covers parenting, pets, health and legal topics. Her articles have appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as on websites. She is a court-appointed special advocate and is certified in crisis counseling and child and infant nutrition. She holds degrees in developmental psychology and philosophy from Georgia State University.
Can You Eat Quail When You Are Pregnant?
A fried quail salad. Photo Credit Zoryanchik/iStock/Getty Images

Pregnant women often feel overwhelmed by the endless lists of things they should and should not eat during pregnancy. Because quail is not a popular food choice in the United States, it can be difficult to get information about its safe consumption during pregnancy. In most cases, quail is perfectly safe during pregnancy and offers some valuable nutrients to your growing fetus. Take normal food safety precautions when eating quail, and consult your doctor for help with nutritional choices during pregnancy.

Quail and Pregnancy

Pediatrician William Sears explains in "The Pregnancy Book" that poultry such as quail is safe for pregnant women to consume. The most important foods for pregnant women to avoid are soft cheeses, deli meat, fish high in mercury such as salmon and tuna, raw eggs, raw shellfish and smoked seafood.

Quail Safety

Undercooked quail can cause food poisoning, systemic infection and damage to the developing fetus. Ensure that your quail is thoroughly cooked and prepared under sanitary conditions. Quail bred on industrial farms or killed in the wild can pose some health risks. Antibiotics and hormones fed to poultry are teratogens, dangerous agents that can cause damage during pregnancy if ingested during certain periods of fetal development, according to neurologist Lise Eliot in her book "What's Going on in There?" While wild quail is generally safer, it's impossible to know if the bird has been exposed to various pollutants and other dangerous chemicals, so pregnant women should err on the side of caution and avoid wild quail. Some pollutants, according to Eliot, also act as teratogens.

You Might Also Like

Quail Eggs

Quail eggs are safe for pregnant women as long as they are fresh and thoroughly cooked. Avoid eggs that smell bad, have a brown tinge in the yolk or that are past their expiration date. Runny, undercooked eggs pose a moderate threat of food poisoning, according to Sears, and should be avoided.

Quail Nutrition

Quail provides several nutritional benefits to pregnant women. Like other meats, it is high in protein, which is vital for proper fetal brain development, according to Eliot. Quail meat contains no saturated fat and is high in "good" cholesterol.

Related Searches

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
THE LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Nutrition, Workouts & Tips
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
  • Female
  • Male
ft. in.


  • Nutrient Facts: Quail Nutrition Facts
  • What's Going On In There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life; Lise Eliot
  • The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America's Baby Experts; William Sears, M.D., Martha Sears, et al.
Demand Media