The Pregnancy Eat Right Guide

Beware the bacteria bearers.

During pregnancy, avoid soft cheeses, such as Brie, Camembert, blue, and feta. They may harbor Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can lead to dangerous form of food poisoning called listeriosis. (Hard, processed, cream, and cottage cheeses are okay.) Pregnant women are about 20 times more likely than other adults to get listeriosis, which can cause miscarriage, premature delivery, stillbirth, and newborn infections. Also taboo: raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs, as well as unpasteurized milk and juice. All can pass along food-borne illness.

Finally, be sure to store, handle and prepare foods properly; wash utensils, cutting boards and your hands thoroughly with soap and water; and replace your sponges and dishcloths frequently.

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