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12 Easy Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning During Pregnancy

11 Easy Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning During Pregnancy

If you’re anything like me, you like to be prepared and avoid disasters big or small whenever possible. What’s more, if you’re anything like me, you also like to avoid puking at all costs. I realize that pregnancy severely reduces my chances of avoiding up-chucking, but there’s little way around this dilemma. I mean, sure, I could not have a baby. But that would just be ridiculous.

Since women’s immune systems are more fragile during pregnancy, we become more susceptible to the bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause food-born illnesses (Source: FoodSafety.gov). But there are some pretty simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting food poisoning during pregnancy. Check them out after the jump, and let me know if you’re ready to say goodbye to cookie dough…

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  • Keep Dairy Products & Meat Refrigerated at 40 Degrees or Below 1 of 12
    Keep Dairy Products & Meat Refrigerated at 40 Degrees or Below
    The days of leaving my butter out on the counter hey, it's way easier to spread when it's room temp are coming to a close. Meat and dairy products should be kept at 40 degrees or less.
    Source: Parents
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  • Heat Ready-to-eat Foods (like hot dogs) To At Least 165 Degrees 2 of 12
    Heat Ready-to-eat Foods (like hot dogs) To At Least 165 Degrees
    This rule goes for lunch meats and deli meats as well. You can eat 'em, just make sure you heat 'em.
    Source: eMedicineHealth
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Don’t Eat Undercooked Meat 3 of 12
    Don't Eat Undercooked Meat
    Cooked meat should be grey or brown throughout, and its juices should run clear. No more delicious med-rare steaks for me!
    Source: Parents
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Avoid Undercooked Eggs & Foods With Raw Eggs 4 of 12
    Avoid Undercooked Eggs & Foods With Raw Eggs
    Not just runny egg yolks, y'all. This goes for certain salad dressings (namely Ceasar), eggnog, and hollandaise sauce. It also goes for COOKIE DOUGH. Step away from the cookie dough, ladies. Step away.
    Source: HealthDay News
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  • Don’t Eat Refrigerated Smoked Seafood 5 of 12
    Don't Eat Refrigerated Smoked Seafood
    Unless you heat it like other ready-to-eat foods, smoked fish is a pregnancy no-no, though "they" do say canned fish is OK, just watch out for BPA in any canned food!
    Source: eMedicineHealth
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Marinated and Thaw Foods in Fridge, Not on the Counter 6 of 12
    Marinated and Thaw Foods in Fridge, Not on the Counter
    I'm certainly guilty of "jump starting" the thawing process by leaving my frozen meats on the counter for a couple of hours, and then letting it finish thawing in the fridge. Looks like I'll need to break this habit too.
    Source: Parents
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Avoid Store-made Meat and Fish Salads 7 of 12
    Avoid Store-made Meat and Fish Salads
    Tuna salad, ham salad (does anyone really eat that?), chicken salad, egg salad, and seafood salad made in-store should be avoided. Make your own to ensure its safety.
    Source: eMedicineHealth
    Photo via Flick:Creative Commons
  • Be Careful How You Pack Your Groceries 8 of 12
    Be Careful How You Pack Your Groceries
    I've switched almost entirely to reusable bags for my groceries. I say almost because I still ask the baggers to pack my meats in plastic bags. Looks like I'm ahead of the game with this recommendation on how to avoid food poisoning during pregnancy. It's advised to pack your meats in separate bags from your other groceries.
    Source: eMedicineHealth
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Wash All Produce 9 of 12
    Wash All Produce
    Duh, right? Doesn't everybody already do this? Actually... now that I think about it. I've definitely been known to grab that apple without washing it first, or tossing baby spinach right into my eggs without washing it first. Guess I'll have to be a bit more stringent with this.
    Source: Parents
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Use Separate Cutting Boards for Meats 10 of 12
    Use Separate Cutting Boards for Meats
    Again, isn't everyone already doing this? Perhaps not. If you're still using one cutting board to cut raw meats or even cooked meats and to dice up your celery, it's time to get another one. Try a plastic cutting board for raw meats, as it's easier to sterilize than wood.
    Source: eMedicineHealth
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Don’t Eat Cheeses Made from Unpasteurized Milk 11 of 12
    Don't Eat Cheeses Made from Unpasteurized Milk
    This. makes. me. so. sad. I LOVE brie cheese. But it looks like I'll have to stick to the harder cheeses during my pregnancy. Ho-hum.
    Source: eMedicineHealth
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Avoid Raw Sprouts 12 of 12
    Avoid Raw Sprouts
    Raw sprouts might contain E. coli and/or Salmonella. It's suggested that you cook them thoroughly. Have you ever had cooked alfalfa sprouts? I haven't.
    Source: FoodSafety.gov
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo

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