(Closed) Deli Meat and Other No-Nos While Pregnant?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Mrs. Meowerson :  Its because the chicken would have been cooked and then sitting there cold.

Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

italianbride0508 :  You have to look at why certain foods are on the no-no list, and make the decision for youself how strict you want to be with it.

I switched OBs part way through my pregnancy, and there were many differences in what the 2 offices had on their no-no lists.  My first OB only really stressed avoiding alcohol and uncooked/undercooked meats, their thought was to not change your whole life around just for your pregnancy.  My second OB was shocked that I ate awful things like tunafish and (cooked) sushi, but said a sip of wine here and there wouldn’t hurt any, and said a medium rare steak from a reputable place was better for you than choosing the pasta (oh yeah, they wanted me to cut out sugar and carbs.  They’re not on the no-no list, and I wasn’t at risk of GD, they just thought I was gaining weight too fast).  I can’t remember which one suggested I chase Tylenol with coffee to help my headaches.  My SIL’s OB said no caffiene, at all, until the 3rd tri.  It really, really varies depending on who you ask.

Post # 33
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m not pregnant but no one is keeping me from goat cheese when the day comes…

Post # 34
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Bumble bee

I ate deli meat all the time …sushi once, Diet Coke and coffee occasionally … Had one glass of wine.  Perfect healthy baby boy!

Post # 35
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Helper bee

pThe problem is that listeria and all of its friends impose a risk. It may not be high but it doesn’t matter that someone won’t get listeria or toxoplasmosis etc because it’s still possible. For example, I have a friend who is considered to have lost her baby because of listeria at 13 weeks. No food is worth taking that risk.  The problem is that, as a previous poster said, pregnancy lowers your immune system. Thus, just that you’ve never caught listseria/bad food poisoning before, doesn’t mean that it isn’t out there. Besides, many pregnant women may not even realise they have listeria/toxoplasmosis but at the same time their baby is suffering.

I didn’t eat deli meats etc when pregnant but I don’t really eat them anyway. I was careful about food because, again, in my opinion, any food isn’t worth the possible risks, even if the risks are small.

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’ve been mostly following the guidelines, but I thoroughly enjoyed a grilled hot dog a few weeks ago. And I’m hoping to enjoy another one before summer is over. 🙂

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

MrsBG :  Oh yeah. I was a such a bad preggo. I went skiing 3-6 times per week, went in a (not that hot) hot tub a few times, drank espresso in moderation, ate sushi and deli meat and all the foods (except fish high in mercury-I avoided that), had an occasional small glass of beer or wine, and exercised like it was my job. I didn’t care if my heartrate got above some arbitrary number of BPM. I basically just lived my life! 

I also took DHA and high-quality pre-natal vitamins, drank lots of water, ate tons of organic produce and other healthy foods, and had a wonderfully healthy pregnancy and a wonderfully healthy, smart toddler. I considered each “risk” and made an informed, educated decision on whether or not I should be concerned. 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

With my first I ate no deli meats, nothing with raw eggs including ranch and caesar dressing, no sushi, no fish, no cookie dough, no raw sprouts, no caffeine, no hot dogs, hell I didn’t even do red dye or soy (I can’t even remember why now lol). I ate organic and GMO free, didn’t do any vaccines while pregnant (he was vaccinated on schedule).

I did the opposite with my second lol. He actually has more “issues” than she does for lack of better word. No listeria or salmonella with either. Many women don’t even know you aren’t supposed to eat those things! You have to find a balance between information and unealthy fear. It’s hard. 

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

MrsBG :  Oy. I must have missed the memo haha! I haven’t eaten deli meat, only because I’m not a huge fan, but I would totally eat some deli turkey if it was laying around. After my own research I decided to eat low mercury sushi from a good restraunt a few times when the cravings were driving me crazy, but I normally stick to cooked rolls.

I used to drink my coffee with Splenda and almond milk only. I am sticking with almond milk becuase I prefer the taste, but I will not use aspratame/diet products during pregnancy and I also now cannot stand the taste of real coffee so unfortunately I have to load it down with sugar. Because of this I try to avoid it. I have about 1 coffee per week. Today was that day and I tried Dunkin’ Donuts new Salted Caramel Macchiato with almond milk, yummy!

I don’t smoke, never used drugs, and I am not a big drinker so no alcohol either. Though I wouldn’t be horribly apposed to a small glass of wine if I craved it, but I am not a wine drinker. 

I haven’t gotten sick or had any scares and this is my second child. 

My biggest craving is hard cider, which is kinda odd because like I said I’m not a big drinker! The first day I am home I’m having one lol.

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Mrs. Meowerson :  Bee, please beware that a lot of no-no products in the US are considered to be OK for pregnant women in Europe. For instance, where I live now, coffee is limited to 3 cups a day, alcohol is OK later in pregnancy if it’s half a glass of wine once in a while and most food isn’t restricted!

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I didn’t even know that was a thing until like a month ago.

I’m dreading having to cut my caffeine intake. I’m actually very dependant on it and go through some pretty nasty withdrawals if I go a day without at least 2 cups. I’ll probably gradually have to work it out of my system, I have given it up before, but it only lasted a few weeks. 

Ugh and the runny eggs, I can’t have a good egg breakfast without dipping my toast in runny yolk!

Post # 42
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

mrs2014 :  I’ve been reading everyone’s replies with interest. I’m a UK bee and not even sure what deli meats are? We’re told no alcohol, drugs, reduced caffeine intake (no more than 200mg per day which should include coffee, tea, chocolate, caffeine sodas etc) and to avoid undercooked meats, unpasteurised cheese/juices and cold cured meats (parma ham etc). Regular packed cooked ham and chicken etc is fine. We can now have runny eggs too as long as they are red lion stamped. I think I’d have a melt down if I was in the US, I struggle enough as it is with the no-no list.

Post # 43
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Busy bee

The problem is that listeria can be literally everywhere. Do you just stop eating any type of fruit, vegetables and greens unless cooked (and served hot) for 9 months? As for toxoplasmosis: they checked me for it every month – always negative.  Here is the thing: you become immune to it once you get it. So, if I have not gotten it in 35 years (what with having a cat as a child for 9 of them), what are the chances I would get it in the 9 months while pregnant?

But to the question: I tried to avoid deli meats, salads and pressed juices when eating out at places other than good restaurants. For me the rule of thumb was: if I would trust the place to eat raw / undercooked meat there when non-pregant, I would trust them to wash their salads and keep the deli meats cold. My “greatest crime” was when we went to Chantilly, I did have chantilly made out of raw milk. I had a cup of regular tea every day.

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

kitkat183 :  hey bee, I have no clue what deli meats are either 😉 I am not pregnant or TTC, but I have a couple of friends who went through pregnancies here so I have heard from them about all restrictions. It really looks like there are very few here. You can surely eat runny eggs here. I agree that all the restrictions in the US would drive me crazy. Rather controversially we are one of the few countries in the EU that doesn’t have “no alcohol while pregnant” label on wine bottles. Though naturally most people tend to avoid alcohol, it is not banned completely.

Post # 45
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have had feta cheese a few times, but only from reputable places where I was pretty certain it was pasteurized. Other than that, I think I’ve adhered to the rules! 

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