Is Pasteurized Milk safe during Pregnancy?

We all know that milk and milk products have nutritional value that is helpful for the growth of foetus and health of a pregnant woman. But, did you know that consuming raw milk during pregnancy can give way to dangerous microorganisms into your body, exposing you and your baby to several health risks?

Benefits of drinking milk during pregnancy

  1. Provides calcium to bones that help to meet the mineral requirements of the baby
  2. Supplies protein that improves the blood supply and strengthens the uterus.
  3. Provides vitamin D that prevents low birth weight and rickets
  4. Keeps you hydrated and serves as an excellent antacid.

Which milk is good during pregnancy?

Milk provides a healthy amount of calcium, protein and vitamin D and to obtain these nutrients, a pregnant woman should consume at least 2 servings of milk per day. But, then there’s confusion whether raw milk should be consumed or pasteurized one. Let’s find it out!

Is consuming raw milk during pregnancy safe?
The raw milk is directly sourced from animals such as cow, goat, sheep and camel. It often contains a variety of infectious pathogens, unnecessary enzymes, and pus cells from the animal. Also, dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria are present that can further cause serious foodborne diseases such as listeriosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria, and brucellosis. Pregnant women have a high risk of getting ill and some may even experience miscarriage from the bacteria Listeria.

Is consuming pasteurized milk during pregnancy safe?

Pasteurization is a process through which the harmful bacteria are killed by heating the milk to a specific temperature and time. Whether you are choosing goat, cow or buffalo milk, it should be pasteurized to keep you and your baby safe. 

Note: If you are pregnant and experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever, and headache after consuming raw milk, consult a doctor immediately.