LIsteria : Foods to avoid during Pregnancy – Eat Safely

There is a possibility that foods such as hot dogs, and deli meats may be contaminated. Pregnant women should be very careful about what enters their body, there are foods to avoid during pregnancy. Listeriosisis is an unpopular infection caused by eating contaminated food that contains bacteria called Listeria.

Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacteria that is found in water and soil. Listeria could be found in uncooked meats, uncooked vegetables, unpasteurized milk and foods made from unpasteurized milk. One easy way to kill listeria is by cooking and by pasteurization.

Most young pregnant women are victims of listeriosis because, they refuse to change their eating habits when they become pregnant. Listeriosis although rare, is a serious infection. This mostly affects newborns, older adults, people with weakened immune and pregnant women.

It is very typical of a pregnant woman to have symptoms like, fever, flu and also experience fatigue and muscle aches, but those could also be symptoms of Listeriosis. When Listeriosis comes into action during pregnancy it could lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and other life threatening infection if new born.


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Women need to know there are foods to avoid during pregnancy so as to avoid any of the above mishaps. The following guidelines can protect you from listeriosis.


  • Unpasteurized milk aren’t healthy for pregnant women. With it’s raw and unprocessed nature, it becomes habitable for listeria. Also avoid cheese or products made with pasteurized milk.
  • Do not eat raw or lightly cooked sprouts like alfalfa and other vegetables etc.
  • Eat cut melon right away or refrigerate it at 40° F or colder and for no more than 7 days. Throw away cut melons left at room temperature for more than 4 hours.
  • Unless your hot dogs, lunch meats, cold cuts or other fermented or deli meat sausages are heated to an internal temperature of about 165 degrees, please do not eat. Wash every utensil that touches the hot dog thoroughly before eating, wash hands properly afterwards.
  • Avoid eating refrigerated smoked seafood unless it is in a cooked dish unless it is canned or shelf stable.


Pregnant and Hispanic women easily get infected with listeriosis.  Keep in mind that some Hispanic-style cheeses, such as queso fresco, that were made from pasteurized milk but were contaminated when the cheese was being made, have also caused Listeria infections.

Pregnant women should always do well to see their doctor once they notice symptoms of listeria such as fatigue and muscle aches. Examine yourself to know what you may have eaten wrong within the last 2 months.

If you are already infected, do not be scared, health care providers will set you up with antibiotics that can protect your fetus, or unborn baby.

Also if you have been eating any of the above mentioned, and yet you do not feel sick, you do not need test or treatment, but , now you know it is wrong, try to avoid them.


Pregnant women should not forget to practice the following safe food handling

  • Wash all fruits and vegetables.
  • Keep everything clean including your hands and preparation surfaces.
  • Keep your refrigerator thermometer at 40 degrees or below.
  • Clean your refrigerator often.
  • Avoid cross contamination between raw and uncooked foods (this includes hot dog juices).
  • Cook foods at proper temperatures (use food thermometers) and reheat all foods until they are steaming hot (or 160 F).


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