(Closed) oh soft serve how i crave thee

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My doctor told me not to worry about listeria at all, as long as I wasn’t eating anywhere shady.  ๐Ÿ™‚  So I ate McDonald’s shakes and unheated lunch meat many times throughout my pregnancy.

Different doctors have different recommendations, so while your doctor may advise you to forego soft serve during pregnancy, he/she may also tell you not to worry about it (like mine did).  In the meantime, would regular old frozen yogurt suffice?  Or  a milkshake from an old timey soda fountain type place?  We have a soda fountain here that makes all the milkshakes by hand, i.e. no soft serve involved.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’ve had Frostys and McFlurrys while pregnant, and I honestly can’t say I’m too concerned about it. The incidence of listeria is only 2 cases per million people, that’s not high enough to stop me from eating soft serve.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I went to a nutrionist and she said soft serve is a lot better for you than regular hard ice cream. So I wouldn’t worry

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Wait, I’m not supposed to have Dairy Queen blizzards? ๐Ÿ™

 

I look forward to my next appointment to see what my doctor says.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

The idea behind this is that the unsanitary machine is harboring bacteria that could be harmful. Unless it’s a shady place that doesn’t clean their machines, but even if that’s the case, it’s still unlikely to actually be listeria and cause harm. 

My doctor told me not to worry about lots of things, and to feel free to eat all the feta and soft serve I desire. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

But every doctor is different, so ask yours first. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I guess I should add that if the machine did harbor listeria, the same would be for fountain soda, ice machines, etc. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

my doctor didn’t say anything about soft serve, but i did have it once, and it occured to me that chick fil a milkshakes are made with soft serve and i’ve had them a few times. oops. im 35 weeks and so far everything is fine!

the whole lunch meat thing is pretty simple to avoid too – just heat the meat up. and with soft cheeses – all that are made in the US are going to be pastuerized, which means no risk of listeria. only imported cheeses MAY not be pastuerized, and even then the risk of listeria is so small. i’ve just been checking labels and asking at restuarants and most of the time they are pastuerized. i say, everything in moderation ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Just wanted to say that I actually met someone who’s nephew was exposed to listeria in the womb. Until I talked with her, I’d never met someone who’d actually caught it. It’s not something to write off like it never happens and the effects last forever for the child.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My doctor didn’t say anything about it – I think so long as you’re not getting it from a gas station or someplace that looks like it may not be up to health codes then you’ll probably be fine. Everything in moderation.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

we refer to puppy poop as soft serve… still craving? lol

no but really, i think you should satisfy your craving – it’s not like you’re going to be downing 5 lbs of soft serve in one sitting!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@AvantLaLettre: I can tell you that one of my friends actually studied listeria for his PhD. He’s the one who made sure I knew not to eat soft serve, unpasturized cheeses, and deli meats. It doesn’t help with how common it is, but he made sure to mention that eating soft serve required that I trust a, in most cases, high school or college student to clean the machines properly. Since I wasn’t great about cleaning things out at work, I avoid it along with deli meat and unpasturized cheeses. I am making my best friend bring me a Snickers Blizzard with extra Snickers once I pop this kid out though. It’s your own choice and youi should do what you want. I just wanted to voice an opinion which goes against the grain.

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