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Doctor insights on: Pregnant Contaminated Listeria Will Harm

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with listeria infection - will it harm my unborn child?

I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with listeria infection - will it harm my unborn child?

Most likely no: There are some foods, like sushi or homemade unpasteurized cheese, that carry listeria that can lead to newborn infection and sepsis. It is best that you share this information with your OB immediately, so they can decide if the food you ingested was a suspected one, and if so how to treat you properly to avoid transmission to the fetus. ...Read more

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How will i know if I have listeria? I am 30 weeks pregnant. What are the signs of listeria, and what harm can it cause to a fetus?

How will i know if I have listeria? I am 30 weeks pregnant. What are the signs of listeria, and what harm can it cause to a fetus?

Listeria: Symptoms of listeria include: fever, flu-like syndrome, abdominal or back pain, vomiting/diarrhea, headache, sore throat or no symptoms. The incidence of listeriosis in pregnancy is 12 per 100, 000. Thus it is a rare disease. Listeria is found commonly in nature. So it can be hard to avoid being exposed to it. ...Read more

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Pregnant. Cooked chicken this afternoon, refrigerated it. Can I eat it cold for dinner or is there risk of listeria?

Sure: Listeria is a bacterium usually transmitted by contaminated dairy products, not by chicken. As long as you carefully clean your pots and plates and utensils and have a clean water supply you shouldn't be worrying about food contamination. Good luck with your pregnancy!! ...Read more

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can deli ham and turkey that says cooked on package still cause listeria? might be pregnant, not sure if ok to eat ham & turkey sandwich.

 can deli ham and turkey that says cooked on package still cause listeria? might be pregnant, not sure if ok to eat ham & turkey sandwich.

Food borne bacteria: Any bacterium can infect anyone when not properly refrigerated or cooked to an appropriate temperature prior to ingestion. Pre cooked and packaged foods still require the same conditions and if you are unsure of the above, common sense says to forego partaking the food item, pregnant or not. ...Read more

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Iam 12 week pregnant, today Ate one slice of raw beef meat( air dried and salted,) can it cause listeria?how can i avoid? Will yogurt help?

Avoid raw meats: pregnant women are 10 more likely to get listeriosis isymtoms of listeria include headaches, muscle aches fever ,chills, nausea and vomiting . you should consult your doctor no and immediately if symtoms occur it can be treated with antibiotics. it can cause miscarriage prematurity, MR, blindness , and death ...Read more

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I have heard you can't eat pepperoni when pregnant because of the chance of listeria, if i heat the pepperoni up in the microwave is this then safe?

I have heard you can't eat pepperoni when pregnant because of the chance of listeria, if i heat the pepperoni up in the microwave is this then safe?

Usually - yes: Wash your hands after you handle hot dogs. Avoid cross-contaminating fluid from hot dogs packages with utensils or food prep surfaces. Ensure that hot dogs or luncheon meats you eat have been reheated to the point that they are steaming hot. Avoid soft cheeses blue-veined cheeses; and mexican-style cheeses. Avoid eating refrigerated pâtés and meat spreads. Canned or shelf-stable pâtäs and meat. ...Read more

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