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Healthy Baby, Healthy Me Food Safety Curriculum

      Pregnant women are at increased risk for developing certain types of foodborne illness due to hormonal changes necessary during pregnancy to promote the survival of the fetus. Pathogens of special concern to pregnant women and their fetuses include Listeria monocytogenes, Toxoplasma gondii, Salmonella species, and Campylobacter jejuni.
      • Kendall P.
      • Medeiros L.
      • Hillers V.
      • Chen G.
      • DiMascola S.
      Food handling behaviors of special importance for pregnant women, infants and young children, the elderly, and immune-compromised people.
      • Smith J.L.
      Campylobacter jejuni infection during pregnancy: long-term consequences of associated bacteremia, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and reactive arthritis.
      Nutrition education curricula for pregnant women typically focus on basic food safety concepts, which may not address the pathogen-specific information pregnant women need to understand why they are at higher risk for certain foodborne illnesses, potential health risks to their fetus, and what foods and/or food preparation styles they should avoid to protect themselves and their unborn child.
      • Athearn P.N.
      • Kendall P.A.
      • Hillers V.N.
      • et al.
      Awareness and acceptance of current food safety recommendations during pregnancy.
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