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?
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.)