- Women's Health
Salmonella Poisoning During Pregnancy
Salmonella is a group of bacteria that cause gastroenteritis, enteric fever, food poisoning and other illnesses. It is found in raw eggs, egg products, uncooked meat, poultry, contaminated water and cheese products. Pet turtles and other animals can carry the salmonella bacteria. Salmonella infection can also spread from person to person. The best way to avoid Salmonella poisoning during pregnancy is to properly cook all food which could potentially harbor the bacteria.
Salmonella poisoning during pregnancy:
Avoid Salmonella infection during pregnancy
The symptoms of salmonella infection can start 12 to 72 hours following infection. Salmonella food poisoning symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, shivering and high fever. Diarrhea may be first symptom and later fever may occur. Fever usually develops 2 days following infection. When pregnant women develops dairrhea, you should see your doctor to avoid dehydration and fever.
List of foods contain salmonella:
1. Raw eggs and egg products: Raw eggs carry salmonella, which can cause food poisoning. Avoid cookie dough, eggnog, caesar salad dressings, custards, homemade ice cream, hollandaise sauces and mayonnaise.
2. Raw meats: Salmonella poisoning is often caused by undercooked eggs, sushi, seafood particularly shellfish, beef, uncooked chicken should be avoided during pregnancy.
3. Soft cheese products: Avoid all types of soft cheese products including brie, cambert, blue cheese, goat cheese, blue veined cheeses may become contaminated with listeria bacteria. Listeria bacteria can cause sickness in you or your baby.
4. Unpasteurized dairy products: All dairy products should be pasteurized before consuming.
5. Yeast: Cake mix products and cookie dough may contain salmonella when not cooked thoroughly.
6. Canned foods: Canned foods, prepackaged foods may contain salmonella bacteria. It is best to avoid canned foods during pregnancy.
How to prevent salmonella during pregnancy:
- Always wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
- Avoid uncooked meat, and meat products.
- Do not consume raw and unpasteurized products.
- Always wash your hands after contact with domestic animals including ducks, cattle, swine, dogs, turtles, cats and chicks have been found to carry and transmit salmonella.