Pregnant women

What do we mean by ‘safe food’?

Safe food here means food that is free of pathogens (bacteria, viruses and parasites) that can cause illness in humans.

Why safe food is important in pregnancy

Food that is safe to eat is particularly important for pregnant women and their developing baby. While you are pregnant your levels of immunity are lower than usual, so you are more at risk of getting diseases carried by food. Your illness may also be worse than it would normally have been.

Rarely, certain pathogens or germs – such as those described below – can cause miscarriage, still or premature birth, and serious illness or even death to newborn babies. The good news is that by following our food safety advice you can help prevent most foodborne illness.