How does food poisoning hurt the fetus? — The Bump
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How does food poisoning hurt the fetus?

Hundreds of resources will tell you that pregnant women are at a higher risk for Listeria and other foodborne illnesses, and that these can damage the baby. But I can't find any resources that tell me how. Does the bacteria penetrate the placenta and get to the fetus? Or is it just the fact that if I'm sick, I get dehydrated and the baby suffers?
(I'm getting a lot of "Back in my day we ate raw meat seasoned with broken glass during pregnancy" from the old people in my life and I'd like to explain to them why that's not a thing I'm doing.)

Thanks!
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