Salmonellosis in pregnancy

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Salmonellosis in pregnancy

In this article

  • Salmonellosis: what it is
  • risks
  • Prevention

What is salmonellosis?

Salmonellosis is a food-borne infection caused by the Salmonella bacterium. The main reservoirs of infection are represented by animals and their derivatives (such as meat, eggs and milk consumed raw or unpasteurized) and the environment (non-drinking water) which represent the vehicles of infection.

Risks: what does it entail if contracted during pregnancy?

During gestation, the infection can impair fetal development due to the conditions of:

  • hyperthermia (high fever),
  • reduced oxygen supply to the placenta,
  • induced metabolic alterations in the mother;

in severe cases it can be associated with premature birth or even intrauterine death.

Prevention and precautions

The woman becomes infected mainly for ingestion of contaminated food or water. Cooking and food hygiene are therefore the main ways of prevention.


Pregnancy: foods allowed and prohibited in the nine months

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During pregnancy, the expectant mother should take the opportunity to change her lifestyle and diet. What are the prohibited foods in the nine months? Raw milk, eggs, meat and fish. Fruit and ...

  • Avoid consuming raw or undercooked eggs, mayonnaise, ice cream and homemade eggnog,
  • avoid drinking unsterilized milk by pasteurization or UHT method,
  • avoid eating raw or undercooked meat, raw or undercooked seafood and make sure that the cooking method allows the inside part to exceed 70 ° C (the microwave is not adequate),
  • keep cooked and raw foods separate to prevent cross-contamination
  • once ready, if not consumed immediately, refrigerate the dishes after preparation, including cooking, at a temperature below 4 ° C,
  • protect food from access by insects and other animals.

(For further information: nutrition during pregnancy)

Also watch the video with the list of foods to avoid during pregnancy

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