Why you should not eat soft-boiled eggs during pregnancy: 5 things to know

August 04, 2019
  • Risk of food poisoning
    1 / 5 Risk of food poisoning

    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, says Dr Goh Shen Li, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in S L Goh Women’s Clinic at Mount Alvernia Medical Centre D.

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  • Cook eggs fully
    2 / 5 Cook eggs fully

    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. 

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  • No freshly made mayonnaise, either
    3 / 5 No freshly made mayonnaise, either

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

    (Also read: Nervous about C-section delivery? What you can expect)


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  • Beware of salmonella food poisoning
    4 / 5 Beware of salmonella food poisoning

    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.



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  • More prone to falling ill
    5 / 5 More prone to falling ill

    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. 

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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