The holiday season is filled with parties, family gatherings, and lots of food. While everyone wants to keep food-safe, it is especially important for pregnant women to do so. Pregnant women are at increased risk of food poisoning. In fact, pregnant women are about ten times more likely than the general population to get sick from listeriosis, a rare but deadly foodborne infection caused by the bacteria, Listeria. And, one in seven Listeria infections occurs during pregnancy.

Food Safe and Pregnant: Tips for the Holidays and Beyond

Why are pregnant women more likely to get food poisoning?
  • You and your growing fetus are more vulnerable to some foodborne illnesses because during pregnancy your immune system is weakened, which makes it harder for your body to fight off harmful foodborne germs.
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  • Your unborn baby's immune system is not developed enough to fight off harmful foodborne germs.
  • For both mother and baby, foodborne illness can cause serious health problems—or even death.
So how can you keep you and your unborn child safe from harmful food germs like Listeria and free of complications during pregnancy and delivery—especially during the holidays? Graphic: Don't toss your cookies. Holiday Food Safety Twitter Chat, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 3-4pm ET Here are some quick tips to help you make smarter food--and beverage--decisions 
  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially when
    1. Touching raw meat, raw eggs or unwashed vegetables
    2. Preparing food
    3. Before eating or drinking