Post # 1
Im kinda freaking out with this listeria thing and how suceptible we are as pregnant woman. My GP today explained to me the basics, only fresh stuff, but later on was wondering about the rest such as:
– opened jar of pasta sauce?
– half a ball pepper?
– Opened loaf of bread- that’s gotta be fine?!
I had no idea that for example a refrigerated smoked salmon is a not safe.
– how about an opened mustard?
Thanks ladies! DeePly appreciate Sound advice. Info online is conflicting.
And what listeria free things are you doing? Or other food you’re avoiding? No trips to Red Roster for us!
Post # 3
I’m not freaking out about it too much right now. I’m avoiding deli meat (which sucks because I loooooove Subway) and nuking everything until it steams.
Post # 4
@Sugaree: nuking everything like all raw veggies? Gosh I’m so confused. It’s like there’s a tonne of stuff we can’t eat/drink cos of one thing or another.
Post # 5
Most of the veggies I eat are frozen and then nuked, so they’re steaming anyway.
Post # 6
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Jesus. I am going to be a neurotic pregnant woman if this is what is going on in that world these days. I am still in the old school of eating what your body tells you to eat and trying to avoid processed foods and raw meats and unwashed vegetables.
I would stick to the list from Mayo and avoid looking into anything else so as not to drive yourself crazy with all of the rules. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy-nutrition/PR00109
Post # 7
@beachbride1216: This. You will drive yourself crazy with all of the “rules”. As long as you use common sense, there’s no need to deprive your body of what it needs.
Post # 8
They chances of listeria are so so slim – I really wouldn’t worry too much about it or you will drive yourself crazy. I would just make sure to cook things thoroughly and store food properly and you should be ok!
I did what I could to avoid deli meats in the first trimester but i’ve had a turkey sandwich at least 3 or 4 times a week since then. 🙂 I couldn’t give it up.
Post # 9
I’ve been trying to not worry about it too much. I’ve avoided deli meat unless it’s a warmed sandwich (like Firehouse, where they steam all their subs) and I make sure to wash all my fruits and veggies thoroughly. I would think (and this is just MY opinion) that things like an opened jar of pasta sauce or opened condiments and bread are perfectly fine.
Post # 10
I’ve never been told to worry about fresh veggies or condiments? Basically you want cooked meat, no deli unless its cooked until steaming and wash your fruits and veggies well but I don’t think you need to worry that much about fruit and veg
Post # 11
I follow the Mayo Clinic’s list, and I make sure to wash all my fruits and veggies well. The only additional thing I do that isn’t on the list is that I don’t usually eat salads when we go out to eat at a restaurant. I would just rather eat fruits/veggies that I washed myself. This is just more of a personal preference 🙂
Post # 12
@Candy_Nee: Thanks for making me crave Firehouse! i’m totally going to get that today at lunch!
Post # 13
@totheislnds: Hahahaha you’re welcome! 🙂 But, now I want it too!!!
Post # 14
@totheislnds: “They chances of listeria are so so slim – I really wouldn’t worry too much about it or you will drive yourself crazy.”
Agreed. There are only about 2000 cases per year of listeria in the US. That is 2000 people out of a population of over 300,000,000 (aka about a 0.00067% chance). Honestly, I find many of the pregnancy food “rules” now-a-days to be insane.
Post # 15
I actually read that some women have been increasing their chances of birth defects/problems etc. because of malnutrition due to avoidance of foods that they are worried are unsafe. I can’t find the article but I will keep looking. My doctor recommends the same rules as the mayo clinic although he didn’t mention herbal teas. Other than not to use Senna.
Post # 16
I would just follow whatever recommendations your doctor gave you. Usually it is as simple as avoiding deli meats and cheese unless you heat them, unpasteruerized cheese (which most in the US is), and soft serve. And washing fruits and vegtables.
It isn’t a huge thing to modify your diet. That being said I wouldn’t go crazy over it either, a little care and common sense is all it really takes.
ETA: Here is the Mayo Clininc link, which is what my doctor used as recomendation guidelines.