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What is Escherichia coli (E. coli)?

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The bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) lives in your gut naturally. Still, you can get sick if you eat contaminated fruits and vegetables, raw or undercooked meats, or unpasteurized milk and fruit juices with certain types of E. coli.

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Nutrition During Pregnancy.”

Antimicrobe.org: “Campylobacter species.”

eMedicine Health: “Food Poisoning.”

FDA: “While You're Pregnant - What Is Foodborne Illness?” “Food Safety for Moms-To-Be: While You're Pregnant - Listeria.”

Foodsafety.gov: “Food Safety for Pregnant Women.”

March of Dimes: “Salmonellosis.”

Mother to Baby: “E. coli and pregnancy.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Foodborne Illnesses.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Food-borne Illness During Pregnancy - Women’s Health.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 24, 2017

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Nutrition During Pregnancy.”

Antimicrobe.org: “Campylobacter species.”

eMedicine Health: “Food Poisoning.”

FDA: “While You're Pregnant - What Is Foodborne Illness?” “Food Safety for Moms-To-Be: While You're Pregnant - Listeria.”

Foodsafety.gov: “Food Safety for Pregnant Women.”

March of Dimes: “Salmonellosis.”

Mother to Baby: “E. coli and pregnancy.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Foodborne Illnesses.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Food-borne Illness During Pregnancy - Women’s Health.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 24, 2017

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