Make sure your food is prepared safely to avoid foodborne illness. This is especially important for pregnant women, who are at higher risk for Listeria and parasites due to a weakened immune system. Luckily, you can take measures to keep yourself and others safe:
1) Thoroughly clean your hands and kitchen surfaces with hot soapy water before cooking.
2) Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, seafood, and eggs and their juices away from other foods. Clean and disinfect cutting boards used for these before using to cut other foods.
3) Use a thermometer to make sure your food is cooked completely. The proper temperature depends on the type of food.
4) Seal and refrigerate leftover food promptly. Thaw frozen meat in the refrigerator, cold water, or microwave, but never at room temperature.