DELI MEATS

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abriamiacadia - March 13

Can we eat deli meats or not? There was a question about it on General Pregnancy, and it didnt give me a clear answer lol I just wanta know.. CAN WE? and If we cant, what could happen.

 

KaseyA - March 13

yes we can. If your still worried about the chance of listeriosis then you can just toss your deli meat in the microwave for 10 seconds and you are good to go. You can call and ask your doctor if you need rea__surance

 

abriamiacadia - March 13

wats listeriosis? lol

 

KaseyA - March 13

its a bacteria that mainly lives in the fridge since it can survive and thrive in the cold. Always wash your fruits and veggies and avoid dairy that is not pasturized. Like soft cheeses

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - March 13

Actually it isn't good to microwave you food, to actuall stray away from Listeriosis you should boil the deli meat. It takes up to a 165 degree temperature to be in the clear from it, and the average microwave only heats up to about 110 degrees but the high tech ones can reach to 175 degrees. And Listeriosis doesn't just live in the fridge, it isn't good to eat a hot dog off the grill, or especially the ones they use in gas stations to heat them up. BUT Listeriosis is only effective if you consume a good portion during your pregnancy. It is best to avoid deli meats and hot dogs as much as possible, although it is OK to eat one every once in a while. BOILING is always the safest and most efficient way to go, although it doesn't exactly taste so great after you do it is the safest route. But DO NOT heat it in the microwave because it can either make it worse and or cause the bacteria to feed off of the temperture supplied from the microwave. If you can get it to 165 degrees then its OK, but not to many go that high and it will only make it worse. But moderation is OK just as long as you don't do it so frequently. Me? I ate deli meats like 3 times in 15 weeks, although I don't plan on eating it anymore. As far as your question to what could happen it is serious...Infection of a pregnant woman early in pregnancy generally leads to miscarriage. The organism may be transmitted across the placenta. Infections in late pregnancy may lead to stillbirth or death of the infant within a few hours of birth. About half of infants infected at or near term will die. In infants, listeriosis may become evident in the first few days of life with loss of appet_te, lethargy, jaundice, vomiting, respiratory distress, and shock. Infants usually have pneumonia. A skin rash may be present. The death rate is very high. Late-appearing infection in the infant (symptoms appear at age 5 days or older) and infection in children is often seen as meningitis. There are no special clinical signs to differentiate listerial meningitis from other types of meningitis. In adults, the disease may take many forms depending on what organ or organ systems are infected. It may occur as meningitis, pneumonia, septicemia, and endocarditis or in milder form as abscesses, skin lesion, and conjunctivitis. Always good to just stay away and I did a lot of research on this and got all this information and have even consulted a doctor. Most doctors will say it is OK to eat because the chances of getting it is low, but I would rather not risk it

 

abriamiacadia - March 13

Holy c___p. lol thanks, they didnt say all that in the post on General pregnancy. Soo i take it im gonna be scared throughout my whole pregnancy about losing the baby arent i?... rawr lol

 

xoxticiaxox - March 13

Oh d__n, Ive been relying on deli meats since Ive been pregnant because I dont like normal meats...I feel fine, and I dont think its hamred me or the baby. I guess I should have read more on it. I eat it like the minute I get it tho, like right out of the store and on the car ride home, so I dont know!

 

bubblegum-- - March 13

No Do not eat it soft cheeses or refrigerated paté or meat spreads. (Hard cheeses, canned meat spreads,deli meats and tinned patés are all right.) You need to avoid these foods because they may contain bacteria called listeria that can make you sick and can make your baby sick too

 

bubblegum-- - March 13

SORRY DELI MEAT IS NOT OK TO EAT WHEN PREGNANT

 

xoxticiaxox - March 13

ya know what, there is SOOOOO much we "shouldnt" eat, but when it comes down to it, they didnt know any of this c___p 10 years ago and our population is still going strong...so it cant be THAT bad! If we stayed away from everything that COULD hurt us...we would die because we cant eat ANYTHING!

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - March 14

Fruits and Veggies are good, and you could live off those and probably live a longer and healthier life because of it lol and thats where they are getting at in pregnancy. But things back then weren't as processed and have so many aditives as they do now, which is why they are so bad.

 

Amanda19 - March 15

My mother, aunt, grandmother and anyone else I've told about being careful of lunch meats have looked at me like an idiot. Think about it. Only 2500 people get listeriosis a year in the US (roughly 833 of those being pregnant). Right now there are approx 301,384,010 in the US. The chances are sooo slim! If your really worried about it throw your deli meats in the microwave until they are steaming hot (on all the sites I've read it has not said anything about boiling lunch meats. Just cook until steaming hot.. I have a cheap microwave and it still will definitely do the job for lunch meats). Make sure everything is pasteurized including juices (who would have thought about juices being pasteurized? not me). Make sure you cook all meats thoroughly. Have basic common sense and you'll be fine. Even eating something that has been recalled because of an outbreak of listeriosis there is a very small chance of getting it (says the cdc website).

 

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