Red meat, which is an important source of protein especially for pregnant women, can also be dangerous for both mother and baby if cooked and consumed incorrectly. Stating that raw or poorly cooked red meat can cause diseases such as Toxoplasma, Salmonella, Brucella and tapeworm, experts emphasize that kitchen utensils that come into contact with raw meat should also be thoroughly cleaned and avoided in contact with other foods.
Prof. Dr. Selahattin Kumru stated that if expectant mothers get Toxoplasma infections, there can be serious risks for both the mother and the baby. Kumru said, “The mother-to-be may get an infection from raw meat. In this case, she may experience serious problems such as miscarriage, premature birth or permanent living, as well as losing the baby after birth or disability.
Perinatologist Selahattin Kumru, who underlined that the baby in the womb of the mother can experience a number of permanent conditions, said: “In case of infection of the expectant mother, negative conditions such as eye infection, vision loss, jaundice, spleen and liver enlargement, as well as mental disability and hearing loss can be seen in the baby.”
Emphasizing the need to pay attention to the products with which raw meat comes into contact, as well as eating raw and undercooked meat, Kumru said: “Touching meat is not dangerous for pregnant women, but the expectant mother has her perhaps not cleaned hand sufficiently free of parasites. In this case, she may unwittingly bring her hand to her mouth. At the same time, the knife used to cut the meat is on. All kitchen tools that come into contact with raw meat, such as the cutting board on which it was chopped, also has risks and needs to be cleansed of the parasites found in raw meat.
Specialist in gynecology and obstetrics, perinatologist Prof. Dr. Selahattin Kumru said that red meat is an important source of protein, but that excessive consumption should be avoided during Eid al-Adha, and that it should be consumed boiled, steamed or grilled instead of fried meat . Kumru continued:
“It is important that the meat rests in a cool place for at least 24 hours. Because meat that has not been properly rested can cause digestive and stomach complaints. It is necessary, however, to stay away from raw products such as raw meatballs, salami made from sacrificial meat and sausage during pregnancy.
In addition, to take advantage of the iron absorption while eating red meat, I recommend consuming the meat with plenty of green salad or vegetables, and that it should be consumed in portions of 150-200 grams per day, no more than 4 times a day. week. We should avoid raw meat, but I do not recommend overcooked meat either. Because in this case it can lose the beneficial nutrients in it. There needs to be a balance here.”
Kumru reminded that since it can be harmful for pregnant women to overdo it in all foods, they should not go overboard with meat consumption.