Due to a naturally weakened immune system, pregnant women and their growing babies are at higher risk for food borne illness which could lead to serious health problems. Follow these tips to avoid illness caused by harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical contaminants:
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after handling food as well as when using the bathroom, changing diapers or handling pets (have someone else change the litter box).
- Rinse fruits and vegetables carefully under running water and wash cutting boards, utensils and countertops with hot, soapy water.
- Keep raw meats, poultry and seafood separate from ready-to-eat foods and use a separate cutting board and a clean plate once food has been cooked. Continue Reading »