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Avoid Listeria During Pregnancy

Listeria and the Harms of Food Poisoning During Pregnancy

CurleyQ posted this question in the Ask Anything box. She wondered if anyone else's doctor told them not to eat deli meats unless they were heated thoroughly due to the bacteria "listeria"?

According to WebMD, Listeriosis is food poisoning caused by eating contaminated foods. It's dangerous for pregnant women because it can lead to premature babies, newborn infections, and stillbirth. It said that the bacteria is found in soil and water:

  • Vegetables can become contaminated from the soil or from manure used as fertilizer.
  • Animals can carry the bacteria and can contaminate meats and dairy products.
  • Processed foods, such as soft cheeses and cold cuts, can be contaminated after processing.
  • Unpasteurized (raw) milk or foods made from unpasteurized milk can be contaminated.

Both my doctor and BabySugar's doctor advised us against eating certain foods as a precaution. BabySugar compiled this list of foods to avoid while expecting based on the one she received in her hospital pregnancy packet. Check it out.

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MissSushi MissSushi 5 years
Both of my doctors did, well they gave me a pamphlet anyway. My mother miscarried from a listeria infection, though she had no idea you could pick it up so many places.
runningesq runningesq 5 years
No, my doctor didn't tell me that. She told me that the only food I really needed to avoid was unpasteurized cheese, and to limit my swordfish, shark, farm raised salmon, and canned tuna intake.
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