There are a whole lot of women out there which claim to have lunch meat during pregnancy and nothing happened to them. However, when you listen to one of these stories, ask them in which year that happened. This question is really important since Listeria infection is a recent topic which doctors are researching today. Back in the days, nobody knew about it and every single pregnant woman had deli meats without any problem. Despite the fact that mothers knew nothing about it before, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. There are actually a lot of risks if you have processed meats or unpasteurized milk products during pregnancy. So, why risk it?
Listeria is an infection which causes very mild symptoms to the pregnant woman. However, it can weaken the immune system, which of course leaves the baby in a very unfortunate and unprotected condition. Also, if this infection happens during early pregnancy, it can cause miscarriage or premature birth. So, as you can see, this is no joke and should be really taken into consideration.
Don’t panic. The possibilities of contracting Listeria are actually pretty low. The consequences are damaging to your pregnancy but, statistically, about 225 women have contracted this bacteria within a total number of about 4.000 births.