Food Safety and Pregnancy

food and pregnancyFood safety is important for everyone. But, there are a couple of important considerations when you are pregnant. Your immune system changes during pregnancy making you and your unborn child at higher risk for a foodborne illness.

Pathogens which are a Potential Risk during Pregnancy

PATHOGEN: Listeria Monocytogenes

WHAT IS IT?

A bacterium found in many foods which can grow at refrigerator temperatures.

Can cause miscarriage, serious illness or even death of a newborn.

FOODS TO AVOID

  • unpasteurized (raw) milk
  • luncheon meats
  • store made ham salad, chicken salad and seafood salad
  • uncooked hot dogs

PATHOGEN: Toxoplasma Gondo

WHAT IS IT?

A parasite found in dirty cat litter boxes.

Can cause hearing loss, mental retardation or blindness in an unborn child.

FOODS TO AVOID

  • Accidental contact of cat feces and then touching food
  • Raw or undercooked meat

During pregnancy make a special effort to protect yourself and your unborn child by selecting and preparing food carefully and following good hand washing procedures.  Discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider.

Source:
FDA, Food Safety: It’s Especially Important to You, http://www.fda.gov/Food/Foodborneillnesscontaminants/PeopleAtRisk/ucm312704.htm updated 12/18/2014.

Author: Linnette Goard, Field Specialist, Food Safety, Selection, and Management, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, goard.1@osu.edu

Reviewer: Joanna Rini, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, rini.41@osu.edu

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