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While You're Pregnant

Food Safety for Moms-To-Be Learn about foodborne illness and how to prevent certain foodborne risks during your pregnancy.

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What Is Foodborne Illness? | Listeria | Methylmercury | Toxoplasma

Congratulations - you're pregnant! This is an exciting time for you and your family. During these nine months, you'll probably experience lots of changes, particularly in your eating habits. As you crave different foods, be aware of the risks of harmful foodborne bacteria. It can cause foodborne illness and can harm you and your baby. 

In this section, you'll find out more about foodborne illness and how to prevent it. You'll also learn how to prevent certain foodborne risks during your pregnancy that can be particularly harmful to you and your unborn baby, such as Listeria, Methylmercury, and Toxoplasma. It's all presented in an easy-to-understand, question-and-answer format! 

Food Safety Matters!

Food safety is not only important while you're pregnant, but it's key to keeping you and your family healthy for a lifetime. Lifelong Food Safety tells you how to prevent foodborne illness in four easy steps. If you have questions or concerns about specific foods, don't miss Safe Eats. It's your easy-to-use guide to selecting, preparing, and eating foods safely. 



Contact FDA

Outreach and Information Center (HFS-009)

Consumers: consumer@fda.gov

Industry: industry@fda.gov

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Food and Drug Administration

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College Park, MD 20740