(Closed) All I want is a deli sandwich!

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I take my assistant to Potbelly for the chicken sandwiches – it’s real chicken breasts sliced up with cheese on the same bread.  She says it’s almost as good and just about satisfies her craving for a sub. 

Post # 18
2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was the same as you, and now that my son is here, I’ve already had 4 turkey subs (and he’s only 10 days old) Its a serious craving right now, but I know pretty soon I won’t want to even look at a turkey sub ever again!

Post # 19
2716 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Either heat it up or just eat one. I’ve had deli sandwhiches/subs, just not regularly. Make sure the meat is freshly cut & enjoy it! My dr said it’s fine basically as long as it isn’t Subway, since you really don’t know how much the meat has been handled, increasing the chances of anything being in it.


As fora latte…see if they can make it decaf or just get one occasionally! I’ve had regular pop occasionally and coffee drinks.

These things can be ok if limited

Post # 20
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I’ve been eating Sierra Turkey sandwiches from Panera since I passed the first trimester. I’ve never gotten food poisioning from Panera, and I love those sandwiches. Sometimes you just have to cave to the cravings.

Post # 21
11744 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My dr said it was fine to have deli meat here and there (without heating it up).  That being said, I’d probably go for deli meat from the grocery store rather than subway or somewhere else where it’s likely to have been sitting out for a while.


The only thing I’ve been craving lately are all the things I can’t have!!!  


ETA – missed the memo on no soft serve, I’ve definitely had that quite a bit! Whoops. Probably isn’t going to stop me either!  It’s one of the ways I fit in some calcium.

Post # 22
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Spend enough time on google and you will learn that everything causes miscarriage or your baby to be born with three heads.

I had an occasional latte and now have a healthy four month old son.

Post # 23
4335 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ugh. I am so sick of this “I can’t” paranoia. Yes you CAN! Everything (well, almost) in MODERATION! You CAN eat a bit of tuna occasionally. You CAN drink some coffee once in awhile and you CAN eat some deli meat, and if you’re especially worried, just heat it up! And soft serve ice cream? Um, please say WHY you “can’t” before spreading false rumors? I am not about to believe that! Feel free to be miserable for 9 months… I’m off to enjoy some delicious soft-serve ice cream! Yum yum!

/end rant



Post # 24
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yeah, my dr is rated one of the best in our area and even better, he’s been my obgyn for over 10 years and I was shocked when at my first appointment in terms of food he was like, yeah, just don’t eat anything raw. I asked about deli meats and soft serve and he was like, but the risk is so small for that, I just don’t see the need.

Otherwise, he’s a very conservative dr and wouldn’t even recommend telling anyone about the pregnancy til 12 weeks, things like that. So I felt SO much better about things after talking to him. It’s funny, as soon as he said it’s ok to have deli meat I didn’t really want it as much though.

Post # 25
8036 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

In other countries besides North America, doctors don’t suggest you stay away from anything. Even an occasional drink is fine. I guess it’s your prerogative to be uber cautious, but I don’t really see how deli meat is so bad.

Post # 26
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

What about a BLT? You can cook the turkey bacon or proscuitto beforehand. That might kill the craving. Or buy a ham & bake it. Mmmm ham sandwiches.

Post # 27
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve told my husband multiple times the first two meals I want after giving birth is sushi from the restaurant down the street from the hospital, and an italian special hoagie from the pizza shop around the the corner from our place.

Post # 28
4282 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@red_rose:  Soft serve is discouraged because of the bacteria that accumulates in the machine.

Post # 29
7646 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Well, what in the world am I going to be able to eat for the next 8 months?? I feel like everything is off limits except fruits and veggies.

Guess I’ll just enjoy my water, crackers, and apple.


Post # 30
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Girrrllll, you don’t. even. know. I have been craving a damn turkey sandwich this whole pregnancy! I’m currently 31w3d and told my Darling Husband that he better bring me one in the hospital as soon as I pop her out! lol I just can’t do the heating up the meat thing. It dries it out and I just don’t like it warm. 




@red_rose:  Nobody is spreading false rumors about soft serve. Listeria can only be killed by heat and there are so many nooks and crannies in those soft serve machines that they are often only inadequately cleaned/sanitized. There is a risk factor for Listeria, there. It might be somewhat small, but still there. Listeria is no joke. The CDC actually posted about the negative effects of Listeriosis in pregnant women. It can cause (and has caused!!) miscarriage and stillbirth. Granted the risk isn’t great, but for some women (myself included) no food is worth the risk. I’d rather just go without for 40 weeks. I’m not judging anyone who chooses to eat those things, but it’s not fair to bash on women who choose not to. We are all only doing what we think is best for our babies. 




For reference common foods that have been KNOWN to cause Listeriosis are: (cold) deli meats, (undercooked) hot dogs, bagged salads, soft serve ice cream/frozen yogurt and soft cheeses.





















Post # 31
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ve had deli meats (mostly just turkey) from trusted sources only. I will not eat at Subway, or any sandwhiches that are pre-made at a grocery store or gas station. Only places that I frequented before my pregnancy, and I know buy quality foods and store them properly. There’s a coffee shop next to my job that makes a hot turkey and cranberry on flatbread that is tasty.

Doctor told me to definitely avoid roast beef and hot dogs.

It’s really better to be safe than sorry. =)

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