So....I am wondering if anyone else had food poisoning while pregnant, or had a friend who did, and did the baby turn out okay? (healthy, smart (meaning normal brain development), etc)??? I got something gastro-related, pretty sure it's a mild/moderate case of salmonella. I am 10 weeks pregnant.
5 days ago, I suddenly started having abdominal cramps/pain with diarrhea/loose stools, especially after eating, but sometimes randomly. The second day it kind of peaked, with a fair amount of pain. I could tell it was likely foodbourne....tummy angry and infected with something it didn't like. Then I remembered that the day before it started, I had had raw bean sprouts, and when I googled, I found pregnant women shouldn't eat them raw because they are often contaminated, and when contaminated, they are most likely to be contaminated with salmonella (vs alfalfa sprouts which can have other things too).
It is 5 days later and I am still having the symptoms. Symptoms were never severe; I would classify them as "moderate" because I only have the episodes 2-3 times daily. Severity is not getting worse, maybe slightly better, but still present which is annoying. I was hoping it would be gone by now, since it was never severe. Supposedly mild salmonellosis can last up to a week.
Anyways, I emailed all the above to my OB and I am going to see what she says. However, I googled and found that most women are told by their OB's (re: salmonella exposure) to not worry about it, and are told "it won't hurt the baby"..."just take care of yourself and don't get dehydrated." The common knowledge is that it usually does not pass to the baby. So I am kind of anticipating being told that, BUT I've also read that "occasionally" it CAN spread to the fetus, and that in those cases, babies are born with fever, diarrhea, and sometimes, rarely, meningitis. That is the part that bothers me, you never want to read that, so I was hoping to hear from anyone who went through this or had to research it, and what your thoughts are.
I am thinking everything is probably gonna be okay. My guess is that I DID get salmonella, because the severity can range (you aren't always vomiting and passing blood). I think it is most likely that I'm going to be a case of "it didn't spread to baby, the body handles it".....but it is hard to not worry. No one wants to know they have salmonella while pregnant! I think it mainly spreads in the rarer cases where you get a fever and the infection entered the bloodstream. I have no fever or chills.
Does anyone have words of reassurance involving a food poisoining/salmonella scare while pregnant.....??? I am not really worried about myself because my body seems okay, just worried about the baby.