Everyone’s life is filled with seasons of celebrations. As a young adult my life has been in wedding season for the past few summers and will again be filled with eight beautiful weddings of close friends and family members this summer and fall. I can’t think of many things more fun to celebrate…that is until the next wave hits. I feel the air shifting and the next era of celebrations approaching: babies. A few of my friends already have little bundles of joy, some have “buns in the oven” and a lot of people around me keep talking about the time approaching. With all the talk about babies and pregnancy I thought I’d make my next post about nutrition and pregnancy. Some things, like avoiding alcohol, are well known to women but there are other things that aren’t common knowledge. I’m sure this topic will come up again in more detail down the road when I am pregnant but for now I’ll just answer some commonly asked questions about eating during pregnancy.
I was told to avoid cold lunch meats, hotdogs, soft cheeses, refrigerated meat spreads and refrigerated smoked seafood unless it has been reheated (to 160 degrees). Why is that?
Listeria is rare type of bacteria found in water and soil that pregnant women are more susceptible to that can be found in ready to eat foods. Listeriosis puts you and your baby at risk of a premature birth, miscarriage or death.