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Food safety in pregnancy

During pregnancy, you're more likely to get diseases carried by food. As well as making you sick, some diseases can affect your unborn pēpi (baby).

The causes of these infections include listeria, salmonella, campylobacter and toxoplasmosis.

You can reduce the risks of foodborne illness by knowing which foods you shouldn't eat during pregnancy. For detailed information about foods in pregnancy, see Food safety in pregnancy on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.

It's also important to follow food safety guidelines when preparing and storing food. This helps prevent harmful bacteria getting in your food. For more information, see Preparing and storing food safely at home on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created December 2021.

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