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10 foods pregnant women shouldn’t eat

Soft Cheeses

Not all cheeses are out of the question, but unpasteurized cheeses should be avoided.

Avoid cheeses made with unpasteurized milk, like brie, feta, and queso blanco, because they may contain E. coli or listeria, Pregnant women are 20 times more likely to become sick from these bacteria than other adults. Listeria contamination may result in symptoms like fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, or, in the most severe cases, death, because it can cause listeriosis. In other cases, a mother may not show any external symptoms, but can pass listeria to her infant, which can lead to miscarriage, preterm delivery, infant death, mental retardation, paralysis, or seizures.

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, December 2018

References

  1. Foodsafety.gov: Checklist of foods to avoid during pregnancy.
  2. Food and Drug Administration: Food safety for moms-to-be.

Comments

    1. I will be honest, in researching this topic it was news to me too – I am not much of a raw foods person so it was surprising!

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  1. I had no idea about sprouts!

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