(Closed) Driving myself crazy – Listeria Question

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
4430 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@keesl:  There’s so many sandwich options without using cold cuts…

  • PB & J , good protein!!! especially good on wheat
  • Cheese and crackers with chicken or tuna in a can (it’s definitely ok to have tuna in moderation) (or chicken/tuna sandwiches)
  • Boil eggs a day in advance and make egg salad sandwiches!
  • buy thin sliced chicken breasts (yes i know, cooking) but they are super easy to grill or make breaded with egg and breadcrumbs, throw on a pan with veg or EVOO and brown on both sides… make chicken parm sandwiches!
  • Buy steamed veggies and tortilla wraps, steam the veggies in water covered up, with some seasoning, then remove and and some mozzarella cheese (fresh from bel-giosio) and you have a microwavable veg wrap!
  • why does it have to be a sanwich? make yourself mini pizza bagels with shreaded cheese and tomato sauce! mmmm and it’s healthy!



Post # 4
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

my sister ate cold cuts like three times a week while she was pregnant.  Of all the things to be worried about, I wouldn’t get too worried about listeria. 

Post # 5
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My doctor told me any meat should be heated to kill the bacteria…so even if you cook a whole turkey when you want leftovers you need to heat it up.

Post # 6
1096 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Its my understanding (but I’m not a doctor) that the concern is the equipment at the deli, same with soft serve ice cream and milkshake equipment. If you make it at home it shouldn’t be an issue. It’s just the equipment in delis and restaurants isnt always cleaned well.

Post # 7
3107 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@keesl:  I’m 33w and eat cold cuts about once a week. If you do research, people have gotten listeria from canteloupe and salad mix and a variety of places. I stopped being so concerned when I realized there have been way more cases from produce than anything else.

Post # 8
12244 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yep! It needs to be re-heated.

You CAN have deli meat, but it needs to be warmed until steaming–which is only 20 seconds in the microwave!

Post # 9
3696 posts
Sugar bee

Listeria is a nasty bug, but fortunately it’s pretty rare. The worry you’re putting yourself through over this is a lot worse than your real-world risk of getting listeria. Heating your sandwich meat is a good idea, but don’t drive yourself too crazy stressing out about it.

ETA: you might want to keep a dish of nuts or a bag of trail mix or something handy for those sudden onslaughts of hunger. I found that during the first trimester I needed to eat something small but preferably protein- and fiber-rich every couple of hours. Nuts were *great* to have on hand!

Post # 10
10635 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@keesl:  As long as you aren’t contaminating it with anything, the risk of listeria after cooking it and then refrigerating it is pretty small.

I doesn’t take long to heat up some chicken or turkey in the microwave if you are concerned though!

Post # 11
1586 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Does anyone know if you go to a salad or sandwich place and get cut up chicken breast if that still counts as lunch meat and should be heated or is that okay?

Post # 12
3679 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Agreed with most of the posters above — listeriosis is rare and recently has be caused most often in the news by eating contaminated produce. This is an article I like a lot:

I’m not saying that being careful about what you eat while you’re pregnant is a bad thing, but I think a lot of the precautions are probably unnecessary.

Post # 13
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yep, you should be reheating.

Post # 14
7643 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@keesl:  I’m not going to tell you not to listen to your doctor becuase you sound like me and want to follow the guidelines. I, too, have given up lunch meat. Have a strayed once or twice? Absolutely. I have also forgotten to reheat chicken/turkey we have made at home (and I may forget at Christmas too).

I know you will be ok. Just keep avoiding lunch meats, and when you do decide to eat any meat what so ever, reheat it until it’s steaming. If you DO eat lunch meat on accident, don’t panic. Listeria is still very rare.

Post # 15
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

You will most likely going to be fine. Look, listeria *can be* found on everything. EVERYTHING. Including produce. They just found some on Kale at Whole Foods in Seattle. So if you want to flip out, you can flip out about each food group in turn. Or, relax. Most likely, you’ll be fine.

You also can microwave or toast deli meat (grilled sandwiches) to ensure full cookedness if you DO want to eat it.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that probably 2-3x a week I eat something without thinking about it and then realize “oh, that was on THE LIST.” There is a small risk to a lot of things, but most likely you’re not going to get sick if you eat them from time to time.

Post # 16
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’ve given up deli meats and deli salads BUT I can’t give up runny eggs. I just can’t! I have never been sick from an egg in my life and I’m really not that worried about it.

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