Food Safety for Pregnant Women & Their Babies

Pamela Schmutz
Home & Garden Information Center

Expectant mothers and those preparing food for them should be especially careful when handling food because a pregnant woman’s weaker immune system makes it easier for her to get a foodborne illness. Any illness a pregnant woman gets can affect her unborn child, whose immune system is too immature to fight back.

For more information, refer to HGIC 3640, Food Safety for Pregnant Women & Their Babies.

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