Food Poisoning While Pregnant


Dear Midwife,
I am 26 weeks pregnant and I got food poisoning. I ended up getting IV fluids for dehydration. Is there any risks to the baby with the food poisoning? It only lasted about 24 hours or so.


Very unlikely, because your body probably did what it is supposed to do, which is to get the bad food out as quickly as possible by whatever route it would come out.

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.