(Closed) Avoiding Foods??

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

There aren’t a whole lot of things my doctors said I should avoid.  Seafood, cold deli meat, soft serve ice cream, and beef cooked under medium.  They have all actually encouraged caffeine to help with headaches.  While I agree that there are risks with some foods, I think some people take these things to the extreme.  

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Some of these risks can be mitigated if you know the source of your food. You like rare beef (in steak form, ground form is more at risk), get to know the farm and its conditions you buy it from. Same for cheese. Locally sourced produce and food products give you a lot more safety if you can do the research since Listeria is often a result of unclean conditions and cross contamination

Listeria, it seems recently, is more commonly found in greens that you buy to be healthy vs the traditional locations (soft serve etc) Do a google search for spinach, etc and recalls. Just a few.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/07/18/possible-listeria-contaminated-salad_n_1681646.html

http://www.thepacker.com/fruit-vegetable-news/FDA-confirms-listeria-at-Burch-Farms-packing-facility-166458376.html

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/06/fresh-spinach-recalled-for-listeria-contamination/

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You’ll probably change your mind when you have a tiny helpless baby growing inside of you.  

I am currently 15w pregnant and I feel like I can’t eat anything that I liked to eat before.  It’s hard.  But….parenthood is hard!  It’s not worth the risk, in my opinion.  I’ll live.  I gave up coffee completely (even though my doctor said 1 cup is fine) after 20 years of coffee drinking.  Didn’t even have a second thought about it.

 

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@morkiemama:  I also felt the same way. I didn’t drink a lot of coffee before I got pregnant, but usually had one a day. I cut it out completely once I got pregnant though.  It was tough, especially when pregnancy makes you feel SO exhausted!

My perspective is that if you *can* control some risk factors and prevent any possible issues, it’s not a big deal to give up a few unecessary things for a few months.

I had complications that required me to put things in my body during my pregnancy that I was horrified to take(anesthesia, morphine)…so I became very dilligent in not putting things in my body that I could control. It’s amazing what little things can effect a fetus in ways that do not harm an adult.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@thenextmrsi:  Kids have been coming out fine for centuries…

yes, except for the ones that die.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@thenextmrsi:  You are completely entitled to your own opinion!  It’s your body to do with as you please.  You even acknowledged that you may change your mind when you are TTC or pregnant.  You have to do what feels right for you and your baby.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

This thread makes me sad – not pregnant or TTC yet – but I eat at Jimmy John’s and other sub shops with deli meat multiple times per month.  What will I do when I’m pregnant!?  lol!!

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@doxielove:  be hungry, trust me!  i seriously feel like i can’t eat anything i want to sometimes!

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wait, deli meat?!? WTF am I supposed to have for lunch? Listeria is on vegetables too? How in the world can anyone possibly avoid this bacteria?

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@doxielove:  I was the same way before I got preggo!  I love deli subs!  Jimmy Johns has a great veggie sub that I eat now.  The thought of microwaving the deli meat “until it’s steaming” (which is the recommendation if you really want it) grosses me out so much I can’t even think about it!

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

What you can/can’t eat is absolutely nuts during pregnancy. That said, Dr. Google is the devil. 

I am pregnant and am sticking with what my doctor (and a few of the more reputable books) told me.  (For example, he said the deli meat thing is legit, but you can nuke the meat and then eat it, however he said not to worry about a SINGLE cup of caffeine a day).

If you are worried about something in particular, ask your doctor. I would recommend staying away from websites and random studies you can find – they will just make you crazy. 

 

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@marjojo:  Wash your veggies thoroughly, heat up your deli meat, cook a turkey breast at home and slice it yourself with a clean knife, eat pasteurized cheeses.  Seriously, there are still so many things you can do for lunch! I bring cheese and egg sandwiches, pasta salads and other salads, soup, quinoa or couscous with veggies, or just leftovers from last night’s dinner. It never gets boring.  Today, I’m having vegetarian enchiladas.

I am wishing for some salami, though, so I will go searching for our sandwich toaster.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee

@Candy_Nee:  Agreed – the thought of nuking my subs is making me gag. 

Good thing Darling Husband and I aren’t TTC for a long time.  Better enjoy my subs while I can Wink

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@AprilJo2011:

That sounds like way too much work. I need a lunch I can make on autopilot at 6AM. I will take convenience and routine over the extra time and mental work variety requires every time. I don’t care if it’s boring as long as I don’t have to think about it.

I don’t see the difference between cooking turkey breast at home and refrigerating it and eating it the next day, and deli meat. Why isn’t that also potentially contaminated? Also, still: more work.

Anyone have suggestions for lunches that are equally fast, easy and mindless as deli meat?

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