Feel like a turkey on rye and want to check its safe to eat deli meats while you’re pregnant? Unfortunately unless the deli meat is steaming hot it’s not safe because pregnant women are more likely to get listeriosis than other healthy adults. It’s infants and newborns who suffer from this, not so much the Mom’s so ease up on the deli meats, hot dogs and pâté until after your little one is born.
Can I Eat Deli Meats While Pregnant? Not Recommended
If you are infected with listeria you may experience nausea, vomiting, gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea). It is commonly known as the stomach flu. Some of the more serious symptoms include lethargy, difficulty breathing and high temperatures.
Pregnant women and listeriosis
Although pregnant women may only experience mild symptoms if they contract listeriosis, they are at greater risk of premature delivery, miscarriage and still birth. Listeria is so dangerous because it can cross the placental b
Preventing Listeriosis and avoiding deli meats
There are no vaccines available to prevent literiosis infections, however there are many things pregnant women can do to avoid infection.Avoid deli meats, unpasteurized dairy products and soft cheeses. Remember that this bacteria even grows well in the refrigerator, it’s one smart germ.
Watch out for hot dogs
Contamination for pregnant women doesn’t just occur from eating deli meats, you should be careful if you are handling hot dogs, particularly the fluid hot dogs are packaged in. Don’t leave the fluid on other food, utensils, food preparation areas or your hands. Be sure to practice good hygiene around food which could potentially carry listeria.
Most people don’t get sick from eating deli meats like turkey, ham, salami and bologna. Most people can eat a hot dog without having any problems. But unless deli meats are served steaming hot (thereby killing the bacteria) pregnant women are at risk of developing listeriosis and potentially harming their baby,
If you ate a bologna sandwich today for lunch and you’re pregnant, you don’t necessarily have to panic. If you start to feel unwell, particularly with flu like symptoms, talk to your doctor.