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I am pregnant, will there be complications with a listeria infection?

I am pregnant, will there be complications with a listeria infection?

See below: If you are pregnant and are infected with listeria, you are at an increased risk of : miscarriage premature delivery infection to the newborn death to the newborn (about 22% of cases of perinatal listeriosis result in stillbirth or neonatal death). Get checked asap if you think you might have been exposed or infected. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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Why does being pregnant make your chances of contracting listeria higher? Do you have a suppressed ammune system when pregnant?

Why does being pregnant make your chances of contracting listeria higher? Do you have a suppressed ammune system when pregnant?

Listeria pregnancy: Yes the reason pregnant women are at 10-20x higher risk of catching pregnancy is likely due to changes in their immune system. The bigger danger is that listeria can cross the placenta and infect the baby. ...Read more

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Do i need to wash avocados before eating? I've never done it. I'm 21w3d pregnant and have eaten 3 in the past couple of days. Terrified of listeria.

Do i need to wash avocados before eating?  I've never done it. I'm 21w3d pregnant and have eaten 3 in the past couple of days. Terrified of listeria.

Listeriosis: Listeria monocytogenes is present in soil and on plants. Listeria is killed by heating and most adults can fight off infection, but pregnant women, who may have a compromised immune system, can develop a disease called listeriosis from eating foods contaminated with the bacteria. An infection increases your chance of a miscarriage may infect the fetus. It never hurts to wash fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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Can butter left out at room temperature for 1 week grow listeria? Help! i'm pregnant and worried because i ate it and i've got sick with mild gastro.

Can butter left out at room temperature for 1 week grow listeria? Help! i'm pregnant and worried because i ate it and i've got sick with mild gastro.

See your doctor: Butter left out at room temperature for 1 week could certainly grow some type of bacteria. You should call your doctor in the morning and ask about it. If you are having severe gastroenteritis where you can't keep up your fluids, you are at risk of dehydration and this is risky for the pregnancy. In this case you might need to go to the emergency department. ...Read more

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5 months pregnant and ate lunch meat two days in a row should I be worried about getting listeria?

5 months pregnant and ate lunch meat two days in a row should I be  worried about getting listeria?

Probably not: Unless there is a recall of the brand you ate you are probably fine. In the future avoid soft, unpasteurized cheeses such as Brie and Camembert and if you still want to eat lunch meat and are worried, heat it. Heat kills Listeria. In the meantime if you have any symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or fever, see your doctor, early treatment will protect your baby. http://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/causes/bacteriaviruses/listeria/ ...Read more

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Pregnant. Removed carrots after heating canned soup. After finishing soup, noticed carrots were brown in the middle and outside. Does the canning process eliminate risk of listeria? Soup safe to eat?

Pregnant. Removed carrots after heating  canned soup. After finishing soup, noticed carrots were brown in the middle and outside. Does the canning process eliminate risk of listeria? Soup safe to eat?

Listeria pregnant: Here is a URL to CDC page on Listeria and pregnancy with full explanation. If the can is not "blown" the canning process is a vacuum producing process and so Listeria won't grow in the can but if ANY food looks odd, DO NOT EAT it, in or out of a can. Thanks http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/prevention.html ...Read more

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