Food borne illness & pregnancy- EVERYTHING you need to know

Food borne illness & pregnancy- EVERYTHING you need to know

During pregnancy your body has a lowered immune system, meaning you are more prone to illness particularly food borne such as: Listeria, Salmonella and Campylobacter

If you do happen to be exposed to these, it may possibly be harmful to both you and baby.

Symptoms that may occur from food borne illness include extreme diarrhoea, cramping, fever, nausea, blood in stools & abdominal pain. For baby, high exposure to some bacteria may increase the risk of intrauterine infection leading to distress, sepsis, meningitis, premature birth or miscarriage.

Foods that can increase the risk of exposure to these bacteria:

- Soft cheeses

- Raw fish & chilled seafood (sashimi, oysters, prawns etc.)

-Raw or undercooked meat & poultry products

- Pre cut salads & fruits (think about pre-packaged vegetables & fruit salads from supermarket)

- Raw eggs

- Deli meats (hams, kabana, mortadella, spam etc..)

- Raw sprouts (mung beans, alfalfa etc..)

Here’s how to reduce your risk of food borne illness during pregnancy:

1.Try to limit your intake of these foods, especially raw seafood, raw poultry/meats, raw sprouts & soft cheeses

2.Make sure to wash all your fruit & vegetables. You can even soak in in warm water with 2-4 tbsps of apple cider vinegar

3.Eat all your leftovers within 2 days

4.Use separate chopping boards & knives when preparing raw meat and vegetables

5.Make sure you bring your own freshly cut fruit and vegetables if out and about

6.Choose produce & proteins from good quality suppliers like local farm, organic shop or co-op (if you can)

7.If eating deli meats, it is best to pan fry or lightly steam prior to eating

If you would like 1:1 holistic nutrition support for you during your pregnancy you can work with Meagan our founder and Clinical Nutritionist here
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