Food poisoning is a common distressing problem that affects in mild intestinal discomfort to severe dehydration and bloody diarrhea. It is very important to take care of the food habits at the time of pregnancy as it involves the risks for two lives. The immune system of the pregnant women changes with the developing baby. If food poisoning is developed in the third month of pregnancy, it could cause a miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss. Food poisoning at the later stage of pregnancy causes still births and baby who is born very ill. Thus the health of baby totally depends on the intake of mother, you should be more cautious about what you eat, how you prepare food and how you store food.
Pregnant women make sure that the:
- Food is finely cooked and it is not unpasteurized.
- While eating sea foods, it is compulsory to take them when they are fresh.
- Do not eat the foods that refrigerated for longer time including eggs, meat and poultry foods.
- Washing hands before taking food is compulsory
- Avoid unpasteurized milk and milk products
- Vegetables and fruits needs to be washed finely before taking
Foods to avoid food poisoning
- Avoid taking hot dogs straight from the package without heating.
- Avoid taking non-dried deli meat like roast beef, turkey beef, etc.
- Avoid intake of eggs directly without cooking, products that contains raw eggs
- Avoid raw or uncooked meat and sea foods
- Avoid taking raw or unpasteurized dairy products, soft cheese and semi soft cheese.
- Avoid taking raw sprouts, unpasteurized fruit juice and cider.
Symptoms of food poisoning
Other major symptoms are:
- Muscle aches
- Loss of balance and
- Flu like illness.
Taking more fluid contents like water, juices and soups avoid the food poisoning condition at the time of pregnancy. If it is severe condition, please take the medications as per suggested by the doctor.