(Closed) How to handle potlucks during pregnancy?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Eh, that’s definetly an iffy.  Unless you can zap your plate to get rid of any germs, I would possibly stick to non-perishables, like rolls and raw veggies.

Hopefully someone else will have better advice!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would make a dish to share (that you would eat for lunch) and just bring it when you go in for your shift of the potluck (so it’s not being poked and prodded for hours beforehand).  So then you can at least eat your own food. I actually think it’s weird to have a potluck with shifts, because, who wants old food? But that’s a separate topic.

 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I ate potluck several times while pregnant.  Had no issues.  Women have been having babies for centuries and a potluck really isn’t going to hurt. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Personally, I’d stick to the things that have been kept warm (like in a crock pot or something) and nonperishables. Noone should eat cooked foods that have been sitting out for over 2 hours because of bacteria, not just pregnant women. But seeing as how our immune systems are weakened, I definitely don’t think you would be uptight to avoid them. 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Sassygrn:  Agreed.

However.. if you’re so paranoid about it, why not just eat what you’re bringing? Make sure it’s something you like.

I usually don’t pig out at potlucks just because the weird mix of food usually makes my stomach hurt. No one comments when I stick to one or two dishes.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am pretty bad…. I eat everything….

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Meh, I’d probably just eat it provided it wasn’t meaty or weird. I’m a super picky eater anyways and generally stick to fruits, veggies, wraps, etc. I’d say bring something you really like and just eat a lot of that.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The thought has honestly never crossed my mind. Not something I would worry about in the least.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m not pregnant (nor do I plan to be) but I always have a big issue with potlucks, specifically because of the time the foods spend in the “temperature danger zone,” 40-140*F, which is where bacteria is most likely to grow.  Below or above that range is very hostile for bacteria, but bacteria thrive in warm, moist environments, and that describes pretty much every office potluck I’ve ever been to.  My head spins whenever I see someone plug in a tub of swedish meatballs and all their creamy goodness, straight from the fridge at 9am and just lets the crock pot warm it up.  No thank you. It’s not sanitary and while chances are, you’ll be okay to eat that food, if okay was good enough then the health board wouldn’t cite a restaurant they caught doing the same thing.

So my usual routine is bring a dish that I like, and reheat it properly OR bring something that needs no refrigeration, and eat that plus whatever “safe at room temperature” foods also show up, which usually means I get a little of my own brisket or whatever, and some chips.  I might or might not venture towards sandwiches or wraps, depending on how they’ve been handled, and there’s no way in hell I will touch someone else’s chili or meatballs or any of that unless I’ve seen them actually heat it up in the microwave.  

On the up side, I did let one of my managers know about the sanitation concerns, at my last job, and she was so freaked out about it that she made it a rule, if you bring a hot dish for the potluck, then you need to microwave it to heat it up before it goes in the crock pot.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I’d probably bring something that I like and will eat myself, then maybe eat another dish that doesn’t look suspicious.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ellebeerob:  All our potlucks if something is needed to be cold it stays in the fridge until it is time to eat and all hot stuff are in crockpots plugged in heating/cooking food.  The only things that get left out are the non pershiable items.  We have never had a problem with people getting sick. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@ellebeerob:  I’m not currently preggo (working on it!), but I have a ‘thing’ with potlucks. They totally creep me out. Not only would the issue of the food getting cold and then re-heating it be an issue for me, you have no idea where some of that stuff comes from. I’m a total germ freak, and I’ve seen some kitchens that I wouldn’t even drink a store-bought bottle of water out of, let alone eat their gross prepared food! I know that sounds really pessimistic and kind of like I’m a total weirdo, but I agree with one of the PPs–take your own dish and eat it only! (And if you have a work friend that you know is clean, eat hers/his food too….) Since you’re pregnant, you can always say that things make you feel really sick! Hooray for a fun excuse!

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