Food is the focus of many holiday get-togethers when families and friends love to gather in the kitchen. The snack table may be especially enticing for pregnant women with cravings. Holiday parties are a great time to dig in, but pregnant women must be mindful of food safety before filling their plate.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women are thirteen times more likely than the general population to get listeriosis, a rare but deadly foodborne infection, and newborn babies suffer the most serious effects of infection in pregnancy.
Women who are pregnant are at a higher risk of food poisoning because during this time our immune systems are weakened making it more difficult to fight off harmful germs. Our growing fetuses are also too weak to fight off foodborne germs.
CDC offers some food safety guidelines for pregnant women to adhere to during the holidays: