(Closed) Do not eat foods list- what could happen?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

Probably nothing, but there’s a chance that you could get listeria which is dangerous for the baby. I’ve accidently eaten a lot of cheese that I shouldn’t b/c I just forget and nothing has happened yet thank goodness, but I try not to. It’s just not worth it.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@StuporDuck:Well, she posted in the Babies section so I’m assuming she meant the pregnancy “off-limits” list.

OP, I’m sorry, I’m not pregnant and am not sure about this. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Most of that list has to do with listeria risks, I think the soft cheeses are because they aren’t pasteurized? 

I can’t believe how big the list has become!  If you think about it… our moms ate all the lunchmeat they wanted and nothing happened to any of us 😉

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2000

@Anewmommatobe: I asked my OB about the food on the list (from online) and she told me many soft cheeses were totally fine and not to worry about them. I’m DYING for some feta on my salad and even though she assured me that it was okay, I still haven’t yet. I’m a vegetarian, so I don’t do any of the lunch meats, undercooked meats, etc. but I looove me some soft cheese. :/

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

A lot of it is fear of listeria contamination, which pregnant women may be more susceptible too or at least have bigger consequences if they contract it.

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/listeria.html

The risk is somewhat low but does increase with foods like soft cheeses, lunch meats, soft serve yogurt.

I think the fear with sushi is the potential for parasites and fish is about mercury contamination, I think.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2000

Also, I was told the the main concern is pasteurization but the FDA requires all restaurants serve pasteurized cheese, so it’s really a worry when buying something from a market or when traveling. 

Again, I’m still too nervous to order a Greek salad. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

the fear with blue cheese (and bries and camembert cheeses) is listeria; soft cheeses, like feta, are ok if they are made of pastuerized milk.

OP – You just gotta consdier the risks from your own personal viewpoint.  Talk with your doctor and make a decision you feel comfortable with.  Some people take the risk, some people don’t; it’s up to you and your doctor.  At the very least, however, lunchmeats and blue cheeses can be eaten heated to avoid the risk of listeria entirely.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Like everyone has said, Listeria is the big concern here. WTEWYE says you’re something like 10 times more susceptible to the bacteria. Listeriosis can lead to miscarriage, preterm labor, & still birth.

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I echo everyone else that the risk with eating soft cheeses, including bleu cheese, is listeria. BUT you can skip a whole lot of worry by just asking the restaurant/waiter/waitress if the bleu cheese in the salad is pasteurized. i’ve started doing this and they often just quickly go check for me and let me know. most soft cheeses in the US are made in the US and therefore pasteurized – only restaurants that use imported cheeses are going to have unpastuerized cheese, and i’m guessing maggiano’s is probably not be one of them…so just give them a call and i’m sure they’ll tell you.

it’s important to look up the reasons why different foods are on those “do not eat” lists…for example, cold lunch meat and hot dogs are a no-no, but all you have to do is heat them until they are steaming (20-30 seconds in the microwave) and any bacteria is killed. there’s no reason to wipe them from your diet all together. listeria is extremely rare and pretty easy to avoid, so don’t worry!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I did a quick search for you through the archives and there is a rather long thread about this that a lot of us have responded to:

 

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/foods-to-eat-and-avoid

You’re going to see there is a lot of “to each their own” all through out your pregnancy and even here there is usually a good 50/50 spilt of us that think one thing over another on just about everything.  If you do your own research most of the time you will find a comfortable solution to any of your pregnancy issues.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I asked my doctor about cheeses, and she said that the problem was with unpasteurized cheeses and that unless I am buying my cheese from a farmer on the roadside, everything is OK. They don’t sell unsafe foods in the grocery store….

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@mommytobee: Actually, they do.

Goats, feta, blue cheese and brie are not typically pasteurized. Raw hotdogs can also transmit Listeria as well as bologna and other deli meats.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@futuremrshc: I’m just repeating my doc’s words. And, ewww for uncooked hotdogs

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