HELP I Ve Been Eating Ham

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***** - April 16

I had know idea that eating ham whilst pregnant is bad for you! I've eaten it about 4 or 5 times now! How will I know if I've hurt my baby? I'm 12 weeks!

 

lilmum - April 16

who said ham is bad for you?? is it undercooked? Ham is actually cured and contains NO bacteria's whatsoever. I would not worry about what your eating unless 1> it's undercooked meat 2> it's sushi or shushimi 3> your allergic to it. Otherwise eat away my dear. If you have any concerns about what your eating, talk to your health care provider about it.

 

lilmum - April 16

well most ham is cured. the kind you buy as lunch meat, or in packages of smoked/honeyed, ect... is all cured and poses no risk.

 

Lily - April 16

I agree with Lilmum! Who said it was bad for you? The important thing to remember is to stay away from sushi, and uncooked seafood. Why? Because you have a higher percentage of getting food poisoning with those...My doctor told me, that as if I want cold meats, buy the prepackaged slices, that are already fully cooked. Most ham is cured and cooked. Like lilmum says EAT AWAY!!!

 

K. - April 16

Chinese women eat Sushi when they are pregnant and have plenty of healthy kids. Just try to be sensible- maybe stay away from the greasy barbecue join that you always seem to regret the next day...

 

K. - April 16

Chinese women eat Sushi when they are pregnant and have plenty of healthy kids. Just try to be sensible- maybe stay away from the greasy barbecue joint that you always seem to regret the next day...

 

Krissie - April 17

I think that's another old wives tale. Just like you seem to be, I'm very cautious of my baby. Every little thing I worry about, like if I lie on my right side too long, if I eat hot dogs, if I do something that I think hurt my baby... It kills me!! But I just always get rea__sured by hearing the HB on the doppler.

 

Brooke - April 17

Experts say that deli meats have a bacteria called lysteria (I think). So, they usually recommend that you not eat any deli meat. However, I asked my doctor about it and he said that the risk is EXTREMELY minimal. He said that he has only seen one case that resulted in a m/c. He said that his wife ate deli meat throughout her pregnancies.

 

Lynn - April 17

Brooke is correct, the deli meats & lunch meat is all cured, but it carries a rick of lysteria. I haven't heard anything as to whether the rick is minimal or not, my doctor told me to not eat it, better safe than sorry. The curing of the ham has nothing to do with the bacteria growth after it is packaged. If you buy a ham & cook it at home & then slice & take to work or whatever, I'd say it was o.k. as long as you have kept it cold.

 

Carol - April 18

They tell you not to eat ham because it contains sodium nitrates - the same is true for bacon! (What to expect when you're expecting) I have eaten ham and bacon and frankly, I am not that worried about it. There are no proven risks - just some theories. I would advise not eating it everyday, but then again, you probably shouldn't eat bacon everyday anyway!

 

Porky - April 18

Oh goodness. I admit to understanding that having a baby is serious business but oh my goodness. I ate tons of bacon with my first pg. I craved egg rolls, pizza, spicy curly fries, bacon. Kid came out happy and healthy and is on the honor roll. (Also is VERY tall. :) I think what causes miscarriages these days are books. I dont think it's food, its books and doctors. Do you remember when eggs were bad? Then they were good? They change their minds all the time.

 

Kimmy - April 18

Gee ... thanks for the heads up on the deli meat thing !! I have had 3 previous miscarriages and am not willing to take any chances ... and Porky I dont think my doctor OR any books i have read to EDUCATE myself have caused my miscarriages!

 

Porky - April 18

Kimmy, I was being facetious. Add a dictionary to your list of books. My point was that you cannot take everything you read so seriously. Just because someone has a Phd it doesnt mean they know everything. Also, you can slant any scientific study that you want. To form a hypothesis, then disprove it, is very hard to do when you are potentially biased.

 

J - April 18

Porky, I have to side with you. If you take every single cautionary note as gospel, we'd all be starving. I understand that the info is there to reduce risk (and certainly if m/c has been a problem before, you'll want to eliminate any possible contributing factor), but don't panic yourself about your diet. Look how many kids were churned out in our parents' eras, when very little was known linking foods and other substances to m/c and birth defects. Bottom line, be sensible, everything in moderation, and any real concerns, talk to your dr. before you commit to a webpage or book's warning.

 

Desiree - April 18

I'm pretty sure you're fine. I eat ham too. I am almost 10 weeks and so far so good. The other ladies are right, you want to avoid things that aren't cooked because of food poisonings. Just be careful.

 

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