jjude est enceinte de 7 mois. Elle consomme très régulièrement du miel non pasteurisé. Récemment, quelqu'un lui a dit que cela pouvait présenter un danger pour son bébé. Elle souhaiterait savoir ce qu'il en est réellement.

Bonjour Jade,

Tel que vous le mentionnez, il n'est pas recommandé de donner du miel (pasteurisé ou non) à un enfant de moins d'un an. En effet, les spores d'une bactérie (Clostridium botulinum) peuvent coloniser l'intestin de l'enfant et causer une maladie mortelle.

Toutefois, l'intestin adulte est moins propice au développement de cette bactérie et une invasion de l'intestin adulte se produit généralement seulement chez les personnes souffrant d'un problème gastro-intestinal ou suite à un traitement sous antibiothérapie. Étant donné le risque faible de colonisation par la bactérie chez les adultes en santé, les femmes qui ne présentement pas de maladies gastro-intestinales particulières peuvent consommer du miel au cours de la grossesse.

English translation by community member Anna L.

Honey and its effect on pregnant women

Jade is seven months pregnant. She very regularly consumes unpasteurized honey. Recently, someone told her that this could be dangerous for her baby. She would like to know if this really is the case.

Hello Jade,

As you mentioned, giving honey (pasteurized or not) to a child under the age of one is not recommended. The spores of a bacterium (Clostridium botulinum) could colonize the child's intestine and cause a fatal disease.

However, the adult intestine is less suitable to the development of this microbe and proliferation in the adult intestine usually only occurs in people suffering from a gastrointestinal problem or following treatment with antibiotics. Given the low risk of colonization by this bacterium in healthy adults, women who have no particular gastrointestinal diseases can consume honey during their pregnancy.

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Honey and its effect on pregnant women

Jade is seven months pregnant. She very regularly consumes unpasteurized honey. Recently, someone told her that this could be dangerous for her baby. She would like to know if this really is the case.

Hello Jade,

As you mentioned, giving honey (pasteurized or not) to a child under the age of one is not recommended. The spores of a bacterium (Clostridium botulinum) could colonize the child's intestine and cause a fatal disease.

However, the adult intestine is less suitable to the development of this microbe and proliferation in the adult intestine usually only occurs in people suffering from a gastrointestinal problem or following treatment with antibiotics. Given the low risk of colonization by this bacterium in healthy adults, women who have no particular gastrointestinal diseases can consume honey during their pregnancy.