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Pregnant women may become much more ill from food poisoning than other people, so it is important to take steps at home to prevent it. Use extra care with foods that can spoil, such as eggs, meats, poultry, fish, shellfish, milk, and other dairy products.
Listeriosis can cause serious problems during pregnancy. It's always important to store and prepare food properly to help prevent food poisoning. Pregnant women also need to take these extra precautions to avoid listeria infection.
You may eat these foods if they are canned.
Toxoplasmosis during pregnancy can put your baby at risk for serious problems. Infection usually occurs from contact with infected cat feces or from eating undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables (grown where an infected cat has left droppings).
Everyone should take steps to prevent food poisoning by storing and preparing foods properly. In addition, pregnant women need to take these extra steps to prevent toxoplasmosis.
If no one else can do it, wear gloves and clean the litter box daily. Wash your hands well with soap and warm water afterward.
Wash your hands well with soap and warm water after outdoor activities, especially before you eat or prepare food.
This includes fruits and vegetables you buy at the store.
If this is not possible, wear clean disposable gloves when you touch raw meat. Wash cutting boards, sinks, knives, and other utensils that might have touched the raw meat. Wash your hands well with soap and warm water afterward.
Use a meat thermometer to be sure foods are cooked to a safe temperature.
This is a concern when you are in the wilderness or travel to countries where drinking water is not treated.
Current as of:
February 23, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: February 23, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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