November 9, 2011

Listeria Pregnancy

Listeria Pregnancy - The bacteria that causes Listeria is called Listeria monocytogenes. During pregnancy, these bacteria can pass through the placenta to the baby, with potentially dangerous side effects. Listeria is a bacterium found in nature and wildlife for food. Source of most Listeria animals, soil, plants and waste. Therefore, Listeria easily enter our food chain. Listeria infection can cause mild flu-like "symptoms, urinary tract infection or serious illness. In adults with impaired immune systems, Listeria can cause diseases such as meningitis, pneumonia and encephalitis. The bacteria that causes Listeria is called Listeria monocytogenes. During pregnancy, these bacteria can cross the placenta to the fetus. Listeria during pregnancy can cause abortion, premature membrane rupture, premature birth and infant pain. Listeria infection is not new, however, is only known since 1980 that is transmitted to humans through food.

Infection with Listeria easy to answer, because they often show vague listeria symptoms. A blood test or a test on amniotic fluid can identify Listeria infection. Listeria can be treated with some antibiotics. If a child contracts Listeria infection can become very ill with respiratory problems or meningitis. Infants may die. Listeria infections are rare in Australia, but when it occurs in pregnancy can have serious complications. It is for this reason that the information available to pregnant women, so they can make safe choices in the foods to eat during pregnancy.

The bacteria that causes Listeria is sensitive to heat. So by cooking food thoroughly, you can destroy it. When cooking meat to ensure that the meat is cooked through. Raw meat is not recommended. If you use a microwave to heat up, make sure that food is steaming hot right through the center. While heat destroys Listeria, refrigeration is not. Listeria is one of the few bacteria capable of producing food in the fridge. So if food is stored for more than twelve hours after cooking - it is recommended that you do not eat it. Also avoid the cold ready to eat.

What steps can I take at home to avoid the risk of catching Listeria in my pregnancy? 

The best way to prevent Listeria by using good food hygiene. The first step is to wash hands before preparing food. Fruits and raw vegetables should be washed before eating. Food should be cooked well, not raw or undercooked meats and seafood should be consumed during pregnancy. Food should be served hot. Do not eat cold food. If using a microwave to make sure that food is heated right in the middle. Hot water and soap should be used to wash all the dishes. It's very important to wash cutting boards and knives after preparing raw foods. Proper storage of food is important. Storing all cooked food separate from raw materials. Ensure that raw foods do not drip onto cooked food. If you have cooked it, placing them directly in the refrigerator after it has ceased to be steam (do not let food cool on the bench). Use leftovers within 12 hours of cooking or alternatively frozen for later use. Make sure fresh food is kept below 5 degrees Celsius. Also, do not eat food past the expiration date.

My partner and I as much. I heard that you remove the food is safe during pregnancy. Is this true? It's important to be careful when buying takeout. If it was fresh and hot as it is safe to eat. If it's cold - avoid it. A lot of takeaway cooked and kept under a heating lamp until purchased. It is advisable to avoid these foods. Buffets and salad bars should be avoided if possible. If you must eat, choose foods that are hot. Being careful when eating out, you can reduce the risk of eating food that may be contaminated with Listeria. Do not eat if you are unsure about the preparation and / or storage of food. If we can just continue to enjoy eating out.

What foods should I avoid in pregnancy?

There are some foods that are considered at high risk of Listeria contamination. Foods to avoid during pregnancy include:
  • Soft white cheese, for example. Ricotta, brie, camembert, blue vein and feta
  • Crown
  • Milk Unpasturised
  • Sausage
  • Dry sausage / fermented
  • Fish and seafood, for example. Oysters, sashimi
  • Smoked seafood (canned is fine)
  • Pre-packaged and ready for salad
  • Serve soft ice cream
What foods are safe to eat during pregnancy?

New freshly prepared and cooked foods safer. It is important to eat a balanced diet containing plenty of fruits and vegetables, breads, cereals, meat, fish, eggs, beans and lentils. Make sure meat is thoroughly cooked. All hot food must be hot. The following foods are safe for consumption in pregnancy:
  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Homemade salad
  • Hard cheese
  • Processed cheese
  • Canned food
  • All meat - cooked, hot and cold
  • Pasteurized milk products

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