I Forgot And Ate Almost Red Steak

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Nadine - April 8

I ordered Filet Mignon (steak) in the rest. last night and it came like it always does--almost red in the center. I was laying in bed last night and it popped into my head--no undercooked meat! What do I do? Am I ok? It's not like I can judge how I feel--everything is off, and besides, I read in the beginning that you dont feel it, the baby gets the infection??

 

Heidi - April 8

I'm lost. No red meat? I just had prime rib the other night and it was really rare and was REALLY GOOD! I hope nothing happened because of it. And this was RED in the center, my favorite. Yikes!

 

Nadine - April 8

I remember reading in the beggining, no undercooked meats--especially hamburgers and chicken...I would ask your doctor. I go today. Meanwhile, I am waiting for someone who knows for sure. I am driving myself crazy, it's almost like I look for things to worry about...I am thinking that if the quality was good, we are fine. Just ask, and then be careful--me too. (I feel better knowing someone else did it too : ))

 

PP - April 8

The no undercooked meats is because if you get food poisoning it can be hard on the baby. You are all fine.

 

Heidi - April 8

I have the problem of loving rarely cooked red meat. After I ate that prime rib I saw it was dripping a little and thought, oh geez, maybe I shouldn't of ate that! Sometimes I just forget I'm pg and some things slip my mind. Le tme know what your doc tells you. I go next week again and I'll try to remember. I already had an ultrasound and everything was fine and healthy...after I ate that. Ha ha! My kid will probably come out with vampire fangs at this rate :)

 

Nadine - April 8

Thank you PP. Heidi, I will let you know! I'll be back on on Monday. Have a great weekend.

 

lilmum - April 8

as long as you trust the place you ordered it from everything should be fine. If the beef has sat out on a counter for 12 hours, then i'd cook it well done (actually i wouldn't eat it at all). but a rare steak isn't anything to worry about. They are my favorite and i eat them constantly because i crave them all day every day :P I wouldn't worry much, you can't even get mad cow disease from a rare steak.

 

Lynn - April 8

Ladies, you cannot safely eat red meat cooked under 160 degrees. It doesn't matter where you get it or how well you trust the place you got it from. Its not about food poisoning its about bacteria that a lot of meat has and the bacteria can survive in temperatures up to 160 degress. As adults, we encounter it all the time and our bodies are mature enough to neutralize the bacteria so that we hardly experience any symptons. But the baby growing inside of us is much more sensitive, it can cause birth defects and all kinds of bad things to an unborn child. It is very common knowledge that you cannot eat undercooked meat. It is in almost ALL of the pregnancy books. Please don't jeopardize your loved ones, either cook it to medium-well or order something else. And certainly don't order prime rib. Also - my husband was a meat cutter & you CAN get mad cow from undercooked meat... you can get mad cow from fully cooked meat. You can get mad cow from any meat that has been infected with it no matter how you cook it.

 

lilmum - April 8

mad cow disease is only transmitted by eating brain or spinal tissue

 

Nadine - April 8

I hate the term "common knowledge"--I've never been pregnant before, therefore I have not yet establidhed common practice. My doctor has said eat anything except shrimp and deli meat--never mentioned rare steak. I was looking up healthy diets and happened across it last week. I don't have any pregnancy books--I haven't even gotten my first exam yet. Perhaps your tone should not be so arrogant with your "protect your loved ones"...I came to the forum to seek information, not judgement.

 

Heidi - April 8

I ate shrimp! What's it say about that? Ha ha! That was a long time ago though and my last exam showed the baby was just fine. Hopefully it doesn't come out with a tail or anything. It's my first pregnancy too and I find that if I sit and read about it all the time I get freaked out so I haven't looked at my book in ages. I figure they never had books way back and women still had healthy babies. I even drink caffinated pop in small quant_ties. I figure if I'm not smoking, snortin coke or shooting up that I'm way ahead of some mothers. Ha ha! And they always seem to have the normal babies. Go figure.

 

Nadine - April 8

Heidi--I ate shrimp too--before I found out...and deli meat, tuna, scallops, had drinks, and raw eggs (homeade ceasare) !! Gosh, I better stop thinking now...I'm sure we are fine!! Let's just be mindful from here on out.

 

lilmum - April 8

This has been bothering me all morning so i got a DEFINATE answer from my local health link (health information line) and this is what they said "There is NO evidence that rare steak can do damage, but you are at greater risk" they said as a safety measure to have them done medium rare as the juices are not RED. I hope this helps (i am dissapointed because i crave them rare) but there is little evidence and if you and your own doctor feel comfortable with it, there's no reason not to.

 

susie - April 8

i havent ate undercooked meat but i eat deli meats, i like subway. never had any probs. but my doctor has always given me a list of stuff to watch out for. she said if im gonna eat deli meats i should heat it up hot first. of course it doesnt taste as great, and defeats the purpose. any time you go out to eat you have a chance of eating something that wasnt cooked right. yeah, dont worry about it unless you start puking alot. you know your body and what has been "normal" to you so far.

 

Jenett - April 8

What we all have to remember is that there are risks involved in everything we do and say these days. The Health Department and the CDC is so concerned about lawsuits and such that they will publish anything and everything as a "risk" just to avoid problems. My doctor told me to avoid fish because of the mercury, but told me to eat anything else I want. There is no proof that undercooked steak causes problems. I do recommend not eating undercooked hamburger meat and you should never eat undercooked chicken. Other than that.. ENJOY the bloody meat. I love it too.

 

Lynn - April 8

Check out www.marchofdimes for info on everything that is safe & unsafe to eat (except about the shrimp). Lilmum - you're right about where the madcow comes from, but many meat processing plants "accidentally" include the brain & sometime spinal tissue into their ground beef processors, also, T-bone steaks & porterhouse steaks are cut from the portion of the cow that the spinal cord runs through, so you can't be 100% sure that the spinal tissue doesn't come in contact with what you eat. I love my steaks cooked rare also, but honestly, it just isn't worth risking something happening to my unborn child. And Nadine - I wasn't judging you, just trying to pa__s on some info. Everywhere I have looked since I started trying to get pg has some article on what's safe/what isn't safe while pregnant. A lot of what you find on forums is just someone's opinion and not necessarily the right thing to be doing. The FDA has good info on their website about what the government recommendations are.

 

... - April 8

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09372.html http://www.parents.com/articles/pregnancy/1186.jsp http://www.medicdirect.co.uk/diet/default.ihtml?step=4&pid=1858

 

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