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Deli meat

Any moms eat deli meat without heating it up.. I'm 36 weeks and haven't eatin any deli meat without heating it up but I hate the way it taste so yesterday I couldn't take it and gave in and ate a deli meat sandwich and didn't heat it.. It tasted so good that I ate another one.. I'm a little worried though
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8720413 tn?1408309612
My sister in law eats deli meat all the time. Her doctor never told her she couldnt. She is 30 weeks pregnant and she has been fine.
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Im pregnant with my third baby and have eaten deli meat through all of my pregnancies.
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It's because of the bacteria listeria. It can give you good poisoning. It's only recently that they have started advising pregnant women not to eat it. So if you aren't throwing up or having diarrhea you don't need to worry. I ate deli meats with all 4 of my other pregnancies. On occasion I can't resist still, though I try to avoid it for the most part.
6918915 tn?1395936471
I've eaten it and don't heat it. No problems here!
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I eat us and don't heat. I couldn't live without a goid cokd sandwhich....
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Its one of those things that most women have no problem with, however there is the risk of Listeria out there. I'd say just make sure you go to a reputable deli, make sure they wear gloves, and only eat it when its fresh. I had been trying to go without it too but the other day I just really needed some good mortadella
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I didn't eat it at all in the 1st 1/2 of my pregnancy but now I have been having 1 cold meat sandwich a week. My Dr said as long as you aren't eating it all the time it should be ok.
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Depends where you get it. If it is nice and fresh, it is probably okay. But a ready made one on the store shelf, no way
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That's not entirely true. You can have listerosis without any symptoms-in fact its Something we're exposed to on a regular basis without symptoms. Even if you don't have symptoms, the bacteria can affect the baby causing distress, miscarriage & still birth. While it isn't comon, it is a risk. Its up to you whether or not you think its worth the risk.
6855498 tn?1396026884
Its just another one of the things that change with the time eat what you want just use common sense
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My doctor recommends roasting a boneless chicken breast & slicing it thin for Sandwiches. There's no risk of listeria contamination. Just eat the leftovers within 3 days.
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I'm so sorry but this just sounds ridiculous! With my first 2 pregnancies I ate cold lunch meat and they are both healthy and smart and I'm sure all our parents ate cold lunch meat and we're all fine. I've never heard of anyone pregnant having this happen to them. This must be something new cuz a year ago my sister & sister n law were both pregnant and they ate cold lunch meat and both my baby nieces are very smart healthy happy babies! Just my opinion tho
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I had friends in school that were allergic to peanuts, my mom is allergic to peanuts too. It is nothing new. Three had been an increase in peanut allergies do to over exposure at a young age, peanut oil usedto be in everything! Now not so much,so it should be lessening. But I don't think there was a time that epi pens were only for bee stings, nut allergies are nothing new, just now fewer kids die
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It actually bugs me when I see this... Because everyone is so worried about it and forget our bodies are the most wonderful thing.... It can fight cancers and everyday sicknesses.... People strt passing this crap around that it can give your baby brain damage or have a still born.... 9x out of 10 the reason for a stillborn is chromosomes and not caused by anything we ate or did... I seen someone say if we lift out arms above our heads something happens to tthe babies.... I have never heard this crap.... And shame on women for following it up.... Woman have been having babies for thousands of years and as advanced as we are we can't have punch meat.... But I'm sure in the 20's they didn't say hey no lunch meat or pineapple.... No women had faith in their bodies.... Crazy
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They also smoking was a good idea because it is easier to give birth to a smaller baby
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Also in the 20s childbirth was still the leading cause of death for women. 25% of women up until the 20th century used to die in childbirth
So yes women have been having babies forever, but at great risk
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Ok yes I'm not saying nut allergies didn't exsit I said where the Hell did they all come from.... To the point where no nuts what so ever.... This is new the degree of the allergy.... My whole point is the more advanced we get the less we can eat.... No one has faith in their bodies anymore.... It's all about what the Dr says.... I seen a woman come into the hospital with a cold .... Crying like she was going to die.... Like come on.... This is crazyness
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Before this pregnancy I never heard of not eatin cold sandwiches.  I ate them, didn't get sick, and my baby turned out fine...born 3 weeks ago today and healthy.  
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The smell of lunch meat actually makes me want to vomit, so i'm not eating it.

I'm not saying lunch meat is in anyway linked to death in childbirth, but saying that it was allowed in the 1920s isn't a valid argument for saying it poses no risk. Since we have 100 years worth of medical progress since then. Things like anti-biotics and vaccines, ultra sounds
There are studies that so a strong link between listeria and complication and birth defects, which is why the recommendation was made. Pregnant women are more likely to contract it because the stress of pregnancy weakens out immune systems.  
I had posted if the sandwich is fresh and from a clean place it is probably fine to eat, but just don't get the pre made sandwich from shelf or vending machine, since who knows how long it has been there.

Our immune systems are not getting weaker because of pregnancy food restrictions, it is actually the over use of disinfectants and anti-bacterial soaps. Food poisoning doesn't strengthen the immune system - i had hemergatic Ecoli when i was 16, hospitalized for 3 days because i was throwing up water and pooping blood. Ever since then i have an extremely sensitive digestive system, very common post serious food poisoning, stress, hormonal changes cause problems for me - i would not wish this on anyone.
You do not want food poising while pregnant, it does pose a real risk!
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I've eaten cold deli meat a few times since I've been pregnant and no problems here. Just don't over do it like eat it everyday
8255052 tn?1399865406
I've had many sandwiches this pregnancy and the last one I didn't know that it's was even "bad" until this app! But that hasn't stopped me I love them and I'm fine! But to each there own!
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Listeria wasnt first recognized until the 20s and it can be in any jind of contaminated soil or meat hence the FDA requires any place with meats shut down every 24hrs of production for sanitation and they recommend u wash all fruits n veggies. Its not just a dark moist place thing it does well between 39 degrees Fahrenheit and about 99 degrees. They caution pregnant women against eating things cuz hello pregnant women have a weakened immune system and listeria (there are 10 species of it) can pass to rhe placenta thus affecting baby which im pretty sure no mom wants. A good sanitizer is alcohol based cleaners. U cant see it so just avoid situations where u can get it I get subway sandwichs alot but I get them extra toasted and leftovers I microwave to steaming. And women saying I ate a cold sandwich and baby is fine, how do u really know that except for u feel kicks here n there u can be asymptomatic with listeria. Not trying to be rude just stating facts do ur research ive read up on it cuz I was a worrywart with my first and ive worked in 2 different industrial food processing plants.
6674791 tn?1396218750
I never heat it up when I eat it... my daughter and I survived my 1st pregnancy 4 years ago and that wasnt something anybody heard of yet so I didn't do anything different this pregnancy except deal with GD-- ugh!!
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1/3 of listeria infections occur in pregnant women
infections take a month to start showing symptoms - which make the source of infection hard to trace
but leading causes are unpasteurized queso fresco (not that lilkely to encounter) and DELI TURKEY, then deli ham

it really can come from almost anywhere including unwashed fruits and veggies alfalfa sprouts very commonly carry a great number of food born bacteria

listeria infections cause miscarriage, pre-term labor, still borns and death
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