Symptoms of listeriosis may show up 2-30 days after exposure. Symptoms in pregnant women include mild flu-like symptoms, headaches, muscle aches, fever, nausea, and vomiting. If the infection spreads to the nervous system it can cause a stiff neck, disorientation, or convulsions.
What are the chances of getting Listeria while pregnant?
Pregnant women are about 10 times more likely to get listeriosis than other healthy adults. An estimated 1/6 of all Listeria cases occur in pregnant women.
How quickly can Listeria affect a fetus?
Early onset listeriosis develops 1-2 days after birth, and the baby often has signs of a serious bacterial infection. Late onset listeriosis occurs 1-2 weeks after birth, and usually includes symptoms of meningitis ( a condition where there are areas of swelling around the brain and spinal cord in the baby).
What happens if you are exposed to Listeria while pregnant?
If you’re experiencing symptoms and your doctor suspects a listeriosis infection, he may order blood or other various tests to check for the bacteria and monitor your baby’s health. If you have been infected, you’ll get a prescription for antibiotics.
Should I worry about Listeria while pregnant?
Listeriosis can make people feel sick, but rarely causes severe health problems. What’s scary for moms-to-be, however, is that having it during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and preterm birth. Babies of moms who had listeriosis during pregnancy are also at risk for listeria infection.
How do you check for Listeria?
A blood test is often the most effective way to determine whether you have a listeria infection. In some cases, samples of urine or spinal fluid will be tested as well.
What foods cause Listeria in pregnancy?
Foods at high risk of carrying listeria include:
- foods at ready-to-eat salad bars, sandwich bars and delicatessens.
- ready-to-eat meals.
- soft and semi-soft cheeses.
- unwashed raw vegetables.
- soft-serve ice cream.
- raw shellfish and seafood.
- unpasteurised dairy products.
- cold cured or prepared meats.
Can Listeria go away on its own?
Listeriosis is a rare infection caused by bacteria called listeria. It usually goes away on its own, but can cause serious problems if you’re pregnant or have a weak immune system.
How long do Listeria symptoms last?
Most healthy patients who are exposed to listeria and develop symptoms will not require any sort of treatment. Their immune system will eradicate the bacteria, and symptoms will tend to go away within three days, though they may last as long as one week.