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Q&A: Is It Okay To Eat A Rare Steak During Pregnancy?

Is it okay to eat a rare steak during pregnancy?

No, it's best not to risk it. Undercooked meats can carry toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that could cause an infection called toxoplasmosis. It has the ability to cross the placenta and have devastating effects on the fetus, including premature birth, low birth weight and brain problems (scary!). So to be safe, make sure your steak is cooked until there's no more pink in the middle, to kill any bad stuff.