(Closed) Deli meats and cheeses?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My doctor said to avoid the packaged slices. I guess because they sit on the shelf longer. You can have delit meats and cheeses you just have to eat them hot. I love panini’s so I’ve been enjoying deli meats so far nice and hot off my griddler.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didn’t know this.  I’m never going to be able to survive once I get pregnant.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@roxy821:  You can boil (or microwave until steaming) the deli meat and then cool it back down. You’re right, it’s because of listeria, which my mother and I almost died of when she was pregnant, so it’s definitely a big deal and something to be careful about. As for cheese, you probably don’t want to eat the deli-sliced in house cheese because of cross contamination, but I’ve never heard that you can’t eat the presliced cheese sold in packages. You can’t eat unpasteurized soft cheese, but good luck finding that in an American grocery store anyway.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Is provolone considered a “soft cheese” though? I was only advised against cheeses such as feta, brie, blue cheese, etc, and even then only when they were unpastureized.

Pasturized cheeses are fine, in any form, from what my doctor has told me.

 ETA: Listeria is found in water, soil, or animal feces (although please do not stop drinking water or gardening because of this- let’s be practical here girls, I know some of you like to take things to the extreme). It theoretically could infect a sliced cheese at the deli if the same slicer was used to slice an infected meat, then not cleaned, and then used to cut your cheeses. However, if you trust your deli and it’s standard of cleanliness, then your cheese is probably fine. Many delis do not cut meats and cheeses on the same slicer, or they take the whole unit apart and clean it in between uses. You could always ask someone if you were concerned.

 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I know a lot of women avoid all deli meats but one of my best friends, who is VERY diligent when it comes to avoiding all harmful things during her pregnancy, has no issues getting cold cut subs from one particular deli. She said that the meat is safe because it’s cut fresh. According to her, the bacteria forms when meat sits around. I don’t know if that’s true or not but she would never put her unborn child at risk over a turkey sandwich so I believe her. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

Any pasturized cheese is fine to eat while pregnant. It is really rare that you will come across any unpasturized cheese anywhere in the United States. You can also just confirm with the deli when you order. 

Deli meats, like others have said, need to be heated up. But you can just let it cool back down and eat it cold if you like. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I still occasionally eat deli meat and I’m almost 22 weeks. I had it quite often when I was pregnant with my son too because it was cheap and easy. My doctor said that as long as it’s only on occasion that I don’t need to worry about it. I don’t know about the cheese though since I’ve never been a big cheese fan.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@roxy821:  Yes, you can buy provalone presliced and eat it. I’ve never heard that your couldn’t. Who told you this?

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I guess it depends on your grocer, but mine has sliced provolone, prepackaged, generic and namebrand in the deli with the specialty cheeses and also in the dairy section, again both generic and namebrand.

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