Pregnancy

Food Poisoning During Pregnancy

Food poisoning can be caused by the careless intake of unhygienic food. Stomach pain, vomiting, fever and headache are the most common symptoms. In mild cases, the woman recovers quickly, but when the case is very severe, then it can be dangerous. A pregnant woman should be very careful about the foods that she eats because food poisoning is a great risk for the mother and baby. It can lead to miscarriage and stillbirth. Here are some major types of food poisoning:

Listeriosis

This is a type of poisoning caused by the bacteria listeria monocytogenes. This bacterium is found in the environment and can come into contact with food products like vegetables or dairy products. The symptoms are seen within 30 days of the infection.

Symptoms

The symptoms include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of balance
  • Meningitis
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Keep an eye on the signs and symptoms of the disease
  • Never consume unpasteurized milk

Precautions:

 

  • Do not eat processed cheese
  • Avoid smoked seafood.

 

  • Keep the kitchen and the dining area neat and clean.
  • Take antibiotics as prescribed by the doctor.

Toxoplasmosis

This is an infection of the parasite toxoplasma gondi with symptoms that are similar to Listeriosis, but it also has flu like symptoms. This can lead to some psychological disorders, such as schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, bipolar disorder, etc. This parasite is found in cat feces and can lead to fatal conditions. Consult your doctor when you experience the above signs and symptoms.

Precautions

  • Use a face mask and gloves when cleaning the litter box.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Keep your cat indoors so that it does not come into contact with the parasite.
  • Vegetables and fruits should be washed properly.
  • Wear gloves and footwear while gardening.
  • Consume meat that is cooked properly  and do not eat dry meat.
  • Drink clean water.
  • Maintain proper hygiene to prevent further worsening of the condition.

Pregnant women are more susceptible to various infections, especially listeriosis and toxoplasmosis. Avoid these infections with proper hygiene.

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