Pregnant women are vulnerable to infections and food poisoning caused by germs. The immune system protects the growing baby in pregnancy which puts the mother’s system out of focus during that phase.
Some types of food poisoning can cause more harm to the baby so it is important to consider all tips and factors to keep your baby safe.
What Causes Food poisoning?
Food poisoning occurs if the food is unhygienic, cooked improperly, or not processed to kill bacteria. All these factors can risk the health of your baby and you. Poor hygiene is the first and most common cause of affecting food with virus.
Food poisoning can be caused if you suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, or sickness, chills, or temperature. Symptoms may start from a few hours to a few days after eating contaminated food. You should not delay seeing a doctor if you think you are suffering from food poisoning and are pregnant.
How to Prevent Food Poisoning?
Germs love to live in lukewarm conditions which is why it is important to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Maintaining temperature of foods will keep germs away and you may eat them safely.
Keep a temperature monitor if you want to be assured about your fridge’s cooling. The temperature of fridge should be maintained at 5 degree and freezer at minus 18 degree.
Try not to keep foods out of fridge for more than 2 hours. Chilled and frozen foods should be taken straight home after buying them. A cool bag can be taken to carry such foods on your way home.
Raw food including meat should be stored at the bottom of fridge or freezer to avoid them dripping onto other foods.
Do not eat foods after the expiry date as tempting them can become a cause of food poisoning. Try not to risk your health even if they smell good.
Foods containing fresh cream, meat, poultry, raw eggs should be kept chilled well to avoid contamination by germs.
Handle Foods Safely
Wash hands before and after preparing meals which will avoid transferring germs. Dry hands with a towel so that bacteria cannot spread. Do not cook foods if you are already affected with vomiting or diarrhea as germs can spread to other family members.
Cover cuts and sores in hands with a waterproof dressing. Bacteria can be quick in spreading through cross contamination. It is important to wash hands after handling raw meat. Also, clean surfaces and utensils for preparing food. Make sure all your family members follow guidelines for safe food handling.
Tips for Preparing Food Safely
Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water to clean soil that may be contaminated with bacteria. Cook food thoroughly until it is piping hot to make it safe for eating. Reheat foods only once and that also properly to kills germs.
Frozen foods should be thawed before cooking unless the packaging mentions that the food should be cooked when it is frozen. Also, rice should be eaten within an hour of preparation and the rest should be kept refrigerated. The leftovers should not be kept more than a day.
Is Restaurant Food and Ready to Eat Food Safe During Pregnancy?
It is advised to keep hygiene of the restaurant in mind before going for it. Hygiene standards should be seen to look for danger signs such as toilets and other areas of the restaurant. The tables, crockery, and cutlery can also give you an idea about the hygiene of that place.
Any raw food placed nearby cooked food can also signal unhygienic conditions. Moreover, hair and insects found in the cooked food can be alarming about any restaurant as they do not follow hygienic guidelines.