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Is Lunch Meat Safe During Pregnancy?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 28, 2015

sandwichHot dogs and cold cuts (and soft cheeses), can contain the bacteria "listeria."  Cooking will kill it, but ready-to-eat foods can become contaminated after cooking and before packaging.

Even though listeria is everywhere, non-pregnant healthy adults aren't effected by it. Pregnant women are about 20 times more likely to become sick from it-some say it's because you have a weakened immune system right now.  If you cook your hot dogs and lunch meats completely, it'll destroy this listeria. And, it's smart to stay away from foods like lunch meat that may carry listeria during pregnancy. Here's a quick list of risky foods:

  • Brie cheese
  • Camembert cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Unpasturized juice
  • Raw/undercooked meat, fish, or shellfish
  • Unwashed raw veggies
  • Hot dogs
  • Deli meat
  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Blue cheese
Keep in mind, the risk of getting listeria from your everyday eating is very low (even among pregnant women), so don't stress out if you've been enjoying some deli meats now and again. Ask your doctor for their recommendations about your pregnancy diet.

Topics: pregnancy nutrition