Congratulations – you’re pregnant!
I am glad you’re here because the foodborne illness is a serious health risk for pregnant women and their unborn babies.
Because of all the changes happening in your body, you and your unborn baby are at an increased risk of food poisoning. Your immune system is weakened, so it could be harder for you to fight off infections.
Food poisoning can be even more dangerous to your baby’s health than to yours.
If you develop food poisoning during the first 3 months of pregnancy, it can cause a miscarriage.
It if happens later in the pregnancy, it can cause your baby to be born prematurely.
Food poisoning can also cause a stillbirth or a baby who is born very ill.
Because your baby depends on you for everything it needs, it is very important that you be careful about what you eat and how you store, prepare, and cook your food.
Pregnant women are about 10 times more likely than the general public to get Listeria infection.
Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and preterm labor even death in newborns.
Some microbes, like Listeria and Toxoplasma gondii can infect the fetus even if the mother does not feel sick.
By the end of this 2 hours workshop you will be able to:
- Understand the importance of safe eating to health eating
- Know safe food alternatives for pregnant women
- Learn how to protect you and your baby from a food poisoning
- Know what you need to know when shopping for food
- Know how to buy, prepare, cook, reheat and store safe food
Food safety is not only important while you’re pregnant, but it’s key to keep you and your family healthy for a lifetime.
I can not protect your baby from a food illness, but I can teach you.