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Are runny eggs safe to eat dur­ing pregnancy?

Q

Can I eat runny, soft-boiled eggs dur­ing pregnancy?

A

The prob­lem with soft-boiled eggs is the risk of food poi­son­ing, namely a sal­mo­nella in­fec­tion. That’s why ex­pec­tant mums are ad­vised not to eat them.

It is im­por­tant to cook eggs fully as this process kills any bac­te­ria that may be present on, or in, the eggs. This means the whole yolk and egg white should be solid and no longer runny.

Un­for­tu­nately, wash­ing the egg shells be­fore cook­ing does not guar­an­tee that bac­te­ria is elim­i­nated com­pletely.

It is also im­por­tant to avoid freshly made may­on­naise as that con­tains raw eggs. Bot­tled may­on­naise is pas­teurised, so that is safe to con­sume.

Sal­mo­nella food poi­son­ing can be a se­ri­ous ill­ness as it can cause de­hy­dra­tion. You will ex­pe­ri­ence se­vere vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea with ab­dom­i­nal pain. Other symp­toms may in­clude a high fever. In se­vere cases, you may need to be ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal for an in­tra­venous drip to re­store or main­tain hy­dra­tion.

Your im­mu­nity drops dur­ing pregnancy, so you are more prone to fall­ing ill. Al­though sal­mo­nella doesn’t di­rectly harm your un­born baby or cause ab­nor­mal­i­ties, any as­so­ci­ated se­vere de­hy­dra­tion or high fever can do that.

Q

What should I ex­pect from my first check-up af­ter de­liv­ery?

A

Your doc­tor will usu­ally ask to see you be­tween two and six weeks af­ter you give birth, de­pend­ing on whether you had a cae­sarean sec­tion or nat­u­ral de­liv­ery.

Dur­ing the post­par­tum check-up, she will as­sess how well you’re heal­ing, in­clud­ing the stitches if you had an epi­siotomy or tear dur­ing a vagi­nal de­liv­ery, or cae­sarean-sec­tion wound.

She will also do a vagi­nal ex­am­i­na­tion to check if your uterus has con­tracted ap­pro­pri­ately af­ter the de­liv­ery, as well as a Pap smear if you had not taken the screen­ing test in the past 12 months.

Take this chance to talk about prob­lems you may have en­coun­tered, such as breast­feed­ing or cop­ing with your new­born. Some­times, new mums get post­na­tal blues. It is im­por­tant that you share your state of well-be­ing and seek help.

Ask your doc­tor when you can re­sume nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties, such as ex­er­cise or sex­ual in­ter­course again. If you’re not plan­ning for an­other baby soon, she can rec­om­mend the ap­pro­pri­ate birth-con­trol meth­ods as well.

Fer­til­ity can re­turn as quickly as six weeks af­ter de­liv­ery, par­tic­u­larly if you are not nurs­ing. If you’re breast­feed­ing ex­clu­sively and your pe­riod has not re­turned, ovu­la­tion – and, in turn, con­cep­tion – is un­likely to oc­cur within six months of your baby’s birth.

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