The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that pregnant women “avoid eating hot dogs, lunch meats, cold cuts, other deli meats (such as bologna), or fermented or dry sausages unless they are heated to an internal temperature of 165°F or until steaming hot just before serving.”
What if I accidentally ate deli meat while pregnant?
You don’t need to panic if you are pregnant and have been eating deli meats. The probabilities are in your favor that nothing has happened. When it comes to deli meats it is important you know that the likelihood of being exposed to Listeria is low.
How can I eat deli meat while pregnant?
Deli meats can carry a bacteria that’s especially dangerous during pregnancy, but Teigen said microwaving them first is “a way to get around the system.” Expert guidance recommends pregnant people heat cold cuts to 165 degrees F or “until steaming” to kill bacteria.
Can I eat a turkey sandwich while pregnant?
Why can’t pregnant women eat deli meat? It’s best not to eat deli or lunch meats while you’re pregnant, unless the food has been heated until steaming (165 degrees F) right before serving. These meats can harbor bacteria, which can continue to grow even when refrigerated.
How common is listeria in pregnancy?
Pregnant women are about 10 times more likely to get listeriosis than other healthy adults. An estimated 1/6 of all Listeria cases occur in pregnant women.
Are sandwiches safe during pregnancy?
Of course, if you’re of the better-safe-than-sorry mentality but can’t kick that hankering for a deli sandwich, just have them throw your sandwich into a toaster to get it steaming hot, which is supposed to reduce the risk of Listeria.
Can I eat cold ham while pregnant?
Cold cooked meats, such as roast ham, are safe to eat. All types of pâté need to be avoided during pregnancy. Liver pâtés (and all liver products) have too much vitamin A, which can harm your baby’s development, and even fish and vegetable pâtés might contain listeria.
What does Listeria in pregnancy feel like?
Listeriosis can cause mild, flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, and diarrhea or upset stomach. You also may have a stiff neck, headache, confusion, or loss of balance. Symptoms may appear as late as 2 months after you have eaten something with Listeria. Many pregnant women do not have any symptoms.
What foods have listeria?
Foods at high risk of carrying listeria include:
- foods at ready-to-eat salad bars, sandwich bars and delicatessens.
- ready-to-eat meals.
- soft and semi-soft cheeses.
- unwashed raw vegetables.
- soft-serve ice cream.
- raw shellfish and seafood.
- unpasteurised dairy products.
- cold cured or prepared meats.
What if I accidentally ate blue cheese while pregnant?
If you’re pregnant and have eaten blue cheese, don’t panic. Monitor your health and look for symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever above 100.5°F (38°C) ( 9 ). Call your healthcare provider if you start to feel sick or think you may have listeriosis symptoms.