Post # 1
I went to a birthday party last weekend ago and ate two hot dogs – both grilled to the point of being overdone. I forgot I wasn’t supposed to have any and I usually don’t touch processed foods at all, but my pregnancy brain decided to make me forget that I coduln’t have them. Two weeks later, I’m silently freaking out wondering if my actions could have any major negative effects. I know they are terrible for you.
And yes, I realize I’m being somewhat ridiculous 🙂 and I apologize in advance for how manic and crazy I sound but I’m hoping there are fellow mamas to be who can relate and tell me they’ve had this sort of thing once and it didn’t affect their kids.
crazy almost 11-week pregnant bee
Post # 2
rittenhousenewbee: I know it can be hard, but RELAX. I guarantee that thousands of pregnant women ate hot dogs and had babies who were perfectly fine.
Hot dogs and luncheon meats: Hot dogs are generally high in nitrates, as well as fat and sodium – but it’s safe to enjoy one now and then, provided it’s fresh off the grill or has otherwise been cooked until steaming hot (to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit) to kill bacteria that may be present.
Post # 3
Calm down. Breathe. Do you know how many people eat terribly throughout pregnancy and end up with healthy babies? Yes, it’s best to make the best food choices you can throughout your pregnancy, but I would argue it’s more important to keep your stress levels down – and freaking out over every little thing will not help you do that! I’m sure your doctor would tell you the same thing. Avoid the things on the “do not eat” list when you can, but if you forget now and then (or hell, if you even decide to indulge now and then), you and your baby are going to be fine.
Post # 4
Also, I just noticed the post you made a few days ago about anxiety – go back and read that article again 😉
Post # 5
SadieBee: Haha, thanks! Clearly, I’ve been overthinking every little thing since I got my BFP.
Post # 6
It’s fine. The “risk” in foods like that is listeria (kind of like food poisoning), and you’d have noticed by now if you got it, as you’d be super sick. Just heat your lunch meats.
For what its worth, I didn’t start heating mine until nearly the third tri when I got guilted into it at a birth class, and so far the LO looks just fine and neither of us suffered any ill effects from cold deli meat 😉
Post # 7
I enjoy a hot dog every once in a while and I’m 16 weeks. Everything in moderation. you are fine 🙂
Post # 8
rittenhousenewbee: I’ll admit that there were a few weeks in the second trimester where hot dogs were all I wanted to eat. We bought the good ones and cooked them well, and I never got sick. I’m also not too worried that I ruined my goober. I’m due in 6 weeks.
Post # 9
rittenhousenewbee: I know the feeling, girl. I’m 21w and I keep myself up at night with all the preposterous things I contemplate. I think I actually told you that on your last thread about anxiety, haha. It’s almost like your anxiety reaches a WHOLE new level of craziness when you’re pg and it’s seriously out of control. I was THE most lax person ever before I was pregnant.
Anyway, I didn’t even know the rule about hot dogs (oops) and I definitely had 3 when I was like 8w. I love hot dogs! I’ve also eaten goat cheese on my salads a few times and I’ve had smoked salmon at least twice, too. Baby is healthy thus far. Also, they tell you to abstain from caffeine but I just LOVE unsweet tea. I can’t not drink it. Taking my tea away would cause WW3. My Mother-In-Law made me feel better when she said she drank tea throughout both her pregnancies and her babies turned out normal.
My point is, you’re not perfect. People do a LOT worse things during their pregnancies and their children, somehow, turn out okay. I was at a restaurant talking to a lady (family friend) the other day that said she drank, heavily, the first 4 months she was pregnant because she was in denial about having a child. Her grown son was sitting at the bar a few feet away… He’s on scholarship at the University of Texas and quite handsome. Obviously, I would NOT recommend doing that (and she didn’t either, we were just talking about pregnancy), BUT the odds for a healthy child are more in your favor when you’re taking the proper precautions to be, for the most part, healthy! Don’t beat yourself up if you slip every now and then.
Post # 10
Thanks ladies. I’ve been trying hard to focus on the positives and not over-worry, but I think the lull between the 8 week ultrasound and the 12 week follow up ultrasound and NT scan is driving me crazy.
I can’t even discuss this with my pregnant girlfriends or those who have recently had kids since we’re not telling anyone else until after the 12 week appointment. Next Thurday cannot come soon enough!
Post # 11
rittenhousenewbee: I understand that craziness in the lull. I just had my 12 scan. But before that I was convinced that each time I caught a cold I was going to kill the baby. Thankfully, my siser and husband tolerate my whining about how I killed the baby by being sick. lol. It helps just to say it out loud while they roll their eyes. Getting the thoughts out into the world helps somehow.
You aren’t doing any harm by eating cooked hotdogs. Seriously. And as PP pointed out, if you caught listeria from unheated hotdogs, you’d be suuuuuuupersick by now. So you’re fine.
Post # 12
I practically lived off of hot links when I was pregnant. Dear Daughter is perfectly fine. Try not to worry!
Post # 13
The only concern I think with hot dogs or deli meat is listeria. You would know by now if you had it. Like food posioning, you have a pretty immediate reaction (I would guess within 24hours). But you need to learn how to calm down. The last listeria outbreak was in ice cream (blue bell) and it happens in fruits as well. You cannot live in a bubble.
If pregnancy were that fragile to the point where a hotdog would cause a miscarriage or damage the baby the human race would be extinct.