Listeria infection during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, uterine infection and preterm delivery. Early diagnosis and treatment with high doses of antibiotics may prevent infection of the unborn baby and result in the birth of a healthy infant.
Keeping this in view, why is it bad to eat lunch meat while pregnant?
Meat and poultry can harbor parasites or bacteria -- such as listeria, toxoplasma, and salmonella -- that cause food poisoning. These conditions are particularly dangerous for pregnant women. Listeria causes a condition called listeriosis. Most people don't get sick when they eat food contaminated with listeria.
How common is it to get listeria?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 1,600 cases of listeriosis in the United States each year. But only about one in seven cases—or about 200 cases per year—occur in pregnant women, out of nearly 4 million pregnancies every year.
Can you eat bologna while pregnant?
Such lunch meats like ham, salami, turkey and bologna, especially if they are cut and served on a deli counter where they can become contaminated are potentially contaminated are not recommended for pregnant women,. Another issue with cold cuts is that they may contain lots of the Listeria bacteria.