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With the pregnancy test and the confirmation of it by the doctor, we started a stage full of emotions and joy, as well as worries.
One of them refers to food, what can and cannot be eaten. On our site we want to focus on the Dangers in pregnancy from unpasteurized dairy. We tell you why you should never take them if you are pregnant.
In an attempt to do the best for the child who is on the way, the woman can follow all kinds of dietary recommendations, from the most traditional, such as eating for two, to those received by friends and family who may have experienced a pregnancy in the near past.
In most cases, the recommendations have no reason to be, and those that do have a medical explanation behind them. It is only necessary to restrict or avoid those foods that may cause some kind of harm to the mother or the baby during pregnancy, and this group includes products made from unpasteurized milk.
Milk is a product originally designed by nature for the cow to feed her calf during the lactation period. Like breast milk, cow's milk contains a number of bacteria whose purpose is to populate the gastrointestinal tract of the newborn animal.
These bacteria are very far from the bacterial population that can be found in the gastrointestinal tract of man, given their differences with the gastrointestinal tract of cows, and many of them, while they may not cause infections in the cow or her calf, can be terribly dangerous for the human organism, and even more so for the pregnant woman and the baby.
Further, the milk expression method is not sterileTherefore, the milking add to the milk bacterial population present in the barn, the environment and even from animal feces.
Bacteria in general are able to cross the placental barrier naturally. Many will do no harm, but others, such as Listeria monocytogenes, are extremely dangerous for the baby's development. Listeria monocytogenes can cause:
- Premature births.
- Infection in the newborn
- The death of the baby.
In ideal conditions, When the infection is caught early, antibiotics can stop the infection. However, listeriosis symptoms (flu symptoms, headache, nausea or vomiting, among others) can take time to appear and even be difficult to differentiate, complicating its diagnosis, so avoiding it is our best defense.
The possibility of finding Listeria monocytogenes in cheeses made with raw milk (fresh cheese, mozzarella, feta ...), as well as in raw milk itself is very high, so the Dairy products made from pasteurized milk are the only safe alternative during pregnancy.
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