When you find out you’re pregnant, a million thoughts go running through your head. Excitement and joy suddenly switch to horror as you realise you can’t eat your favourite foods. Nooooo!
Do’s and Don’ts
There are so many do’s and don’ts in pregnancy and it can easily take the enjoyment out of the 9 months.
Women in the UK, however, are rejoicing in the fact they can cross one ‘don’t’ off their list. The British Food Standards agency has recently declared that eggs with a red lion stamp on them were salmonella free and are completely safe for pregnant women to consume. Runny yolk and all. Rejoice.
Unfortunately, red lion stamped eggs aren’t sold in Australia (insert sad face). So pregnant women in Oz still have to completely cook their eggs through before consumption.
Why Do We Have To Cook Eggs Through?
The risk of salmonella poisoning and listeriosis heightens when you are pregnant. With the risk of infection 13 times more likely to affect a pregnant woman or someone who is immune-compromised. It’s not worth the risk of having runny eggs when your health or the health of your baby could be compromised.
What Are The Symptoms?
Symptoms from contracting listeriosis don’t happen straight away. They can take between 3 days and 6 weeks to show. They include flu-like symptoms; fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea, as well as more severe symptoms like headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.
As for your baby, the symptoms include septicemia (severe blood infection), pre-term labour, low birth weight, miscarriage, meningitis and in severe cases, infant death, are amongst the main concerns.
That’s why it is best to cook the egg the whole way through!
High risk foods are a no go zone for pregnant women, especially in the third term. These include:
- Preserved meats and fish, including smoked salmon, ham and salami
- Soft cheese, including feta, brie, and buffalo mozzarella
- Cold cooked chicken
- Ready to eat meals, such as curries and noodles from food-courts
- Soft-serve ice cream
Sorry Aussie mums-to-be but these food restrictions still stand. Women in the UK, can you please describe, in full detail, how that runny egg tastes?