What are the dangers to the baby of a mother who has a listeriosis infection?
Women who develop a listeriosis infection during pregnancy are much more likely to suffer a miscarriage, premature delivery, or even stillbirth. Approximately 22% of prental listeriosis diagnosises end in a stillbirth, an experience that is tragic for all involved. Babies who survive a prental listeriosis infection often suffer severe health problems, due to the infection itself, or the prematurity often caused by the infection. Babies born with listeriosis may suffer from mental retardation, low birth weight, paralysis, blindness, impairments to the brain, heart and kidneys. In newborns born with listeriosis, it may lead to meningitis.
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Honestly, my midwife says everything in moderation. Providing I'm not munching on prawns daily or smoked salmon daily or even rare steak, then it's okay. Just like it wouldn't be healthy for you either if you ate all that too often. Too rich, especially for baby.
I think that the guidelines are there for us as a precaution...just like they have to put the "caution, contain nuts" message on a bag of nuts...just to make sure we are aware that there are SOME risks...but there are some risks in going for a walk in pregnancy too if you wanted to think about it in depth, for example, if you were high risk and didn't know it. Just go with what you and your midwife have discussed everyone is different.
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