Listeria in Pregnancy Podcast with Dietitian

Listeria in Pregnancy Podcast with Dietitian

Listen to our recent podcast with Dietitian and Nutritionist, Carla Johnson regarding Listeria in Pregnancy.

What is Listeria?

It’s the first thing everyone tells you in pregnancy isn’t it? But it’s super important, because prevention is definitely better than treatment!

Listeriosis is a rare, but serious disease caused by a bacteria called Listeria that can survive and grow on food. It’s actually really common for many of us to eat foods that are contaminated by listeria and not really affect our health.

However, there are certain groups of people, such as women are who pregnant where it can become quite serious for these vulnerable groups and require hospitalization, due to the risk of death.

Listeria is commonly found in the environment (such as soil) as well as raw foods.

Unlike other types of food-borne bacteria, Listeria is super risky because it continues to grow at refrigeration temperature, whereas other types of bacteria tend to stay dormant.

Listeria in Pregnancy

Listen to Podcast for Listeria in Pregnancy

Foods that are of high risk of carrying Listeria are:

1. chilled seafood such as raw oysters, sashimi and sushi, smoked ready-to-eat seafood and cooked ready-to-eat prawns

2. cold meats from delicatessen counters and sandwich bars, and packaged, sliced ready-to-eat meats

3. cold cooked ready-to-eat chicken (whole, portions, or diced)

4. rock-melon

5. pre-prepared or pre-packaged fruit or vegetable salads, including those from buffets and salad bars

6. soft, semi-soft and surface-ripened cheeses such as brie, camembert, ricotta, blue and feta

7. refrigerated paté or meat spreads

8. soft serve ice cream

9. unpasteurised dairy products.

Why are women at a higher risk of developing listeria in pregnancy?……listen to my podcast.

Kerryn Boyle
Kerryn Boyle
Kerryn is a Prenatal Exercise Instructor. Kerryn’s areas of expertise includes providing women with safe at-home pregnancy workouts and postpartum workouts. From pregnancy yoga classes to week by week, it's all right here.

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