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I need to buy some more honey & need to know what the deal is with honey during pregnancy. Are we just to avoid honey that is labeled "raw" or are we supposed to find pasturized honey or something? I can't find anything pasturized. Help! I need to sweeten my tea!
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The problem with honey is that it might contain a small amount of botulism spores. There isn't really a way to remove them if they are there because the pasteurization process only gets hot enough to kill bacteria- not the botulism. The amount in honey is so small that it is not toxic to adults, we process it and our body gets rid of it, but infants are unable to do so. That is why they say no honey for babes under a year of age. I guess the question for a pregnant woman would be if the toxins can pass through the placenta or not. If someone doesn't know the answer you might want to do a Google search on it.

In the mean time you might want to try another sweetener. I use a bit of Stevia in tea when I am out of honey. Maybe try maple syrup or agave or brown rice syrup or sucanat.
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Thanks for your reply. I searched out my "forbidden foods" list from my first pregnancy, and I guess the honey is also associated with listeriosis, a separate issue from the botulism. Anyway, the list said to avoid "raw or unpasturized" honey. Has anyone else heard of this? None of the honey in my stores says it's pasturized. I bought some today, anyway. I didn't get the raw (which is what I usually buy) but it doesn't say it's pasturized either. :
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Oh crap. Well I have been eating honey to help with my allergies....sigh.

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I guess I should stop that huh?

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Well, I don't know. This list I have (from the hospital) has a LOT of foods on it, so it's obviously VERY conservative. I'd like to hear if anyone else has been advised to stop honey.

I usually use raw honey to help with allergies, too.
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I ate raw honey through my pgcy to help w/ allergies. I looked it up and never found anything conclusive that it was dangerous. My midwife knew and never said to stop either.

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Okay - good. Cause it does help a ton. I would to give that up in favor of some other drug... I will stick with the honey.

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Thanks! That's what I was hoping to hear. I think this list I have is way too restrictive. My midwife only mentioned lunchmeats (after she watched me down a roast beef sandwich )
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Is there a list online of what you aren't supposed to eat? I had completely forgotten about lunch meat...sigh.

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Oh, no! I wasn't trying to get everyone all paranoid! I'm sure your midwives/doctors have given you good advice.

Since I started this, though, I looked up a few sites. Here are two that have food safety tips for pregnancy. After reviewing them, I see that I'm breaking a few of the "rules" (I know I am....thinking warm fresh tomatoes from my garden!). We do the best we can, right?

http://www.foodsafety.gov/~fsg/f02liste.html
http://www.nzfsa.govt.nz/consumers/f...ses/pregnancy/
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