During pregnancy women should take extra
care of their diet and avoid eating junk food and anything
outside since there is a lot of risk of food poisoning associated
with it. Food poisoning can be particularly harmful when contracted
during pregnancy as it also affects the unborn child in the
The symptoms of food poisoning may vary in women but the risk
associated with it is so dangerous that it is always better
to take precautions. Pregnant women may have relatively mild
symptoms (fever and aches) and make a quick recovery, or they
may transfer the infection to their unborn child, who may
then be stillborn or born very ill. In order to protect the
fetus, pregnant women should take special care to avoid foods
that may be contaminated.
Food poisoning often starts with symptoms like fever and chills,
and may be accompanied by nausea or diarrhea, abdominal cramps,
or dehydration. Severe cases can include an unusually painful
headache and stiff neck. It is advisable to contact your doctor
if you develop any of these symptoms. If a pregnant woman
is diagnosed and treated promptly with antibiotics, miscarriage
and stillbirth can often be prevented.
Follow these guidelines to prevent food poisoning:
buy any food where the expiry date is over or any food
that has damaged packaging.
Make sure your hands are clean before handling food.
Wash raw vegetables.
Marinate and thaw food in the fridge, not on the counter.
Cook meats and seafood thoroughly. And make sure food
is served as soon as possible after preparation
Avoid unpasteurized milk and foods made from it. It is
better to avoid eating dairy products since there are
high chances of contamination in dairy products.
Keep meat and dairy products refrigerated at or below
Avoid eating raw eggs or any food that has raw eggs in