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Food Safety for Moms-To-Be

Food Safety for Moms-To-BeWelcome! We're glad you're here because foodborne illness is a serious health risk for pregnant women and their unborn babies. You'll find accurate, easy-to-understand information about foodborne illness.

(In English and Spanish / En inglés y español)


At-A-Glance

Here you'll find top line points about food safety during pregnancy. It's a great reminder of ways to keep you and your baby safe!

Before You're Pregnant

Thinking about becoming pregnant? Before the test is positive, here's how to give your baby a healthy start!

While You're Pregnant

Congratulations - you're pregnant! Here are answers to your frequently-asked questions about foodborne illness.

Once Baby Arrives

You've completed your first nine months of the journey. Now, here's how you, grandparents, and caregivers can help keep baby's food safe from here on.

Safe Eats

Is sushi safe? What about "smoothies?" This easy-to-use section provides a food-by-food guide to selecting, preparing, and eating foods safely.

Lifelong Food Safety

Good food safety practices are important during your pregnancy and for a lifetime! This section shows you how to prevent foodborne illness in four easy steps: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.

Highlights

Entertaining All Year - Enjoy social events while keeping your unborn baby safe from foodborne bacteria.


A Special Note: As you learn more about food safety, you may discover that there are things related to safe food handling that you should have done differently in the past. Don't worry, you and your baby are probably okay! But if you do have health concerns, see your doctor or health-care provider.

Contact FDA

1-888-SAFEFOOD
1-888-723-3366
10 AM- 4 PM EST
Outreach and Information Center

Inquiries: Submit Your Question

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration

5100 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20740

Industry and Consumer Assistance

Page Last Updated: 06/11/2014
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