Hungry and Pregnant? What foods to be careful with!
Common questions we get is what foods are not safe in pregnancy. It's always important to make sure fruits and vegetables are well washed and meats are well cooked, but there are some less common conditions women are at risk for to avoid in pregnancy. One of these illness is listeriosis caused by the bacteria listeria monocytogenes (hot dogs, some processed foods such as pate and soft cheeses - feta) - it may produce an illness that is mild, almost flu like, but possibly can progress to a more wide spread infections that can cause pockets of infection through a mother's system and cross over the placenta to infect the baby.
There are other foods to avoid in pregnancy. There are many good sources of information. For instance you can see my chapter on Common Pregnancy Complaints and Questions on eMedicine;. It's a terrific resource of information. There are over 6500 articles and 10,000 physician contributors with continual updating.