Can I eat non-vegetarian food during pregnancy? Is it safe?

Parentree-editors 2008-09-14 23:03:05

Short answer: Eat fully cooked non-vegetarian food.

Meat can be packed with protein and iron, but, stay away from meats like salami and hotdogs. They have been known to be contaminated with Listeria, which can cause miscarriage. Listeria has the ability to cross the placenta and may infect the baby leading to infection or blood poisoning. If you really need to eat these meats, make sure that you have cooked or boiled or steamed them properly.

Avoid eating raw meat. Ensure that whatever you eat is cooked thoroughly and fully.

Also be careful about traces of raw meat (which can also have harmful bacteria and viruses) in your utensils (cutting board, knives etc.). Wash these carefully after they have been in contact with raw meat.


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