Post # 1
I read, probably too late, that I am supposed to avoid deli meats during pregnancy! And here I thought I was being healthy by having sandwiches for lunch.
I’m already a little overwhelmed trying to avoid sushi, caffeine, too many sweets, environmental hazards, etc. etc.
Are other people avoiding deli meats for nine months? Any reasonable alternative ideas?
Any other odd stuff I should be avoiding? (Not that I really want to know … !)
Post # 3
Talk to your doctor since everyone is different in what they can handle and what they can’t. That said, I have known several women (friends and relatives) who have been pregnant in the past and didn’t avoid those foods (consumed in moderation instead) and their babies turned out perfectly healthy and said their doctors did not mention that they must avoid them either.
Post # 4
Maybe peanut butter and jelly instead of meat? I also really enjoy the Morningstar veggie patties.
Post # 5
I have heard that you can have deli meats, you just need to heat them up to kill the bacteria that may be on them from the cutting instruments.
Post # 6
Honestly, and I don’t mean this in a bad way, but I really don’t know how you new mommies can handle being pregnant. Back in the day, when I was pregnant with my kids, I ate and drank anything and everything that I wanted, and my kids grew up just fine. I, of course, didn’t drink alchohol, but everything else was fair game. If I was a new mommy in today’s world, I would be too scared to have kids.
Post # 7
@Zippy: Grocery store packaged deli meats are ok, you’re just supposed to avoid deli meats that are from like, Subway, that have usually been sitting out all day.
Post # 8
I too have read that deli meat is to be avoided (due to the bacteria). I say it is better safe than sorry. You can eat it if you cook it first…
Post # 9
Do you like grilled cheese, maybe with veggies?
Post # 10
@Ember78: It’s not a person to person basis. What happens it the meat develops a bacteria (Listeria I believe? It’s been awhile) that adults can easily live with, but it will kill a fetus. It didn’t use to be an issue because subways and quiznos didn’t used to be an option.
Post # 11
I think that if you heated the meat up in the microwave or oven, you’d be in the clear. And the risk is so small anyway – I think it’s really ok!
Post # 12
If you really like sub sandwiches just ask to have them toasted…Most places will do this no problem. I ate cold sandwiches all the way thru my pregnancy but that doesn’t mean everyone should take that risk. You have to weigh what everyone what tells you with your own comfort level.
Post # 13
My doctor also said no deli meat unless it’s heated up. I prefer hot sandwhiches anyway so I don’t mind. I have a sandwich press at home that makes it easy.
Post # 14
My doctor said I can have deli sandwiches occasionally, but he would prefer it being heated up and not all the time. I’m also continuing to eat sushi. Whatever. I’m not going to worry myself to death over a Jimmy Johns sandwich.
Post # 15
My doc never said anything about it but I do heat my store-bought packaged lunch meat up before I eat it. Avoiding lunch meat for 9 mos isn’t really a good option for me.
I’m assuming you’d need to be more careful about eating it from a deli or sandwich shop where you don’t know how long it’s been sitting out or at what temp it’s being kept and thus could develop bacteria.
Post # 16
@Miss BooBoo: Sushi is fine in moderation, as is tuna and other seafoods. There you’re worrying about Mercury, which again, wasn’t a problem in our parents day 🙂