When you are pregnant you need to be that bit more careful about food safety – your body is more at risk from bugs and the last thing you want is to be unwell.  So there are a few important rules to keep in mind to ensure that you and your baby stay healthy and well.

Simple things you can do:

  • Don’t forget to check expiry dates on fresh foods in your supermarket and in your  fridge at home.
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  • Do not eat any foods which are beyond their expiry date – they may be fine but don’t take the risk!
  • If you are eating out, go for freshly cooked foods and avoid buffets where foods may have been on display for some time
  • At home, make sure your fridge is at the correct temperature (ideally 4 degrees C), especially during Summer months.
  • Remember to always keep cooked and raw foods separately in the fridge.  Keep raw meat on the bottom shelf so no juices can drip onto any cooked foods.

When you are cooking always wash and dry your hands carefully after handling any raw foods, especially raw meat or fish. Also, don’t forget to wash that juicy red apple or plump peach before you bite – always a good idea but even more so now you are pregnant.

If you are re-heating food for dinner make sure it is piping hot all the way through and don’t re-heat food more than once.  If you have a hearty stew on the stove, store it in the fridge once it has cooled down and re-heat individual portions the next day.

If you are re-heating food for dinner make sure it is piping hot all the way through

Sounds like common sense? It is really, but worth reminding you, as some food borne bugs can make you and your baby quite sick while you are pregnant. Better to be safe than sorry!

 

If you would like some more information on eating safely during your pregnancy, contact our Careline.