When you are pregnant, hormonal changes lower your immunity and affect your immune system. Your unborn baby is more susceptible to the bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause food-borne illness.
Food-borne illnesses such as toxoplasmosis, salmonella and listeriosis can cause serious illnesses in mother and baby.Toxoplasmosis may cause flu-like symptoms in the pregnant mother. Listeriosis causes few or no symptoms to the mother but can be transferred to the baby and can lead to miscarriage, still birth, premature birth or may make the newborn very ill. You can reduce the risk of listeriosis by taking simple food hygiene steps at home and avoiding certain high risk foods. Salmonella can cause illnesses such as typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever, and food poisoning.
If you have any concerns about symptoms or illnesses, please consult your doctor. Keep this checklist handy to help ensure that you and your unborn baby stay healthy and safe.
|Food to be avoided||Reason|
|Soft CHEESE made from unpasteurized milk, including Brie, feta, Camembert, Roquefort, queso blanco, and queso frescoHot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented or dry sausage, and other deli-style meat and poultry||May contain Campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, or Salmonella.|
|Certain kinds of FISH, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish (golden or white snapper)||Contains high levels of mercury.|
|Unpasteurized JUICE||May contain E. coli.|
|SALADS made in a store (unwashed vegetables)||May contain Listeria. It is essential to make sure that they are washed thoroughly to avoid potential exposure to toxoplasmosis.|
|Raw or undercooked SPROUTS, such as alfalfa and moong beans||May contain E. coli or Salmonella.|
|Raw Eggs/eggnog and mayonnaise||Under cooked/ raw eggs may contain Salmonella.|
|Caffeine (Coffee/Tea/Aerated drinks, etc)||Although most studies show that caffeine intake in moderation is not harmful but there are others reveal that caffeine intake may be related to miscarriages. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it helps eliminate fluids from the body.|
|Alcohol||Prenatal exposure to alcohol can interfere with the healthy development of the baby. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or other developmental disorders.|
Contact our Nutrition Department to know more about foods that needs to be avoided and included for safe pregnancy.