Bottom line: Avoid deli meat straight from the counter, but you can eat it heated up. If the meat is steaming or feels fully warmed through, it’s safe (the heat will kill any harmful bacteria). Granted, the idea of nuked ham slices seems pretty gross. But think of it this way: panini!
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.”
Restaurants such as Subway recommends that pregnant women eat the following non-luncheon meat items such as meatball, steak and cheese, roasted chicken, and tuna (limit 2 servings a week). Do not eat refrigerated pates or meat spreads.
Listeria is killed by pasteurization and cooking. Cold cuts are now sprayed with a food additive that helps prevent Listeria before packaging. 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.
The NHS says that it’s safe to eat cold cured meats, such as pepperoni , Parma ham and salami, in pregnancy , as long as the pack says they are ready to eat . This is because the risk of listeria bacteria is low. However, it’s still possible to get listeriosis or toxoplasmosis from eating cold cured meats.
Meat & More But , prepackaged or sliced to order, deli meat (including hot dogs) can contain bacteria that cause illness. Try this fix to kill any potential bacteria: Warm up meat until it’s steaming. If you use a microwave , let the food sit for a few minutes before eating so the heat can evenly distribute.
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.
Bottom line. You can enjoy bacon safely during pregnancy . Just make sure to cook it thoroughly, until it’s steaming hot. Avoid ordering bacon at a restaurant because you don’t know how well it’s cooked.
McDonalds . Mickey D’s isn’t exactly known for health food, though recently it’s been making an effort to serve up better choices. Best bets: Any salad with grilled – not crispy – chicken (like the Premium Southwest Salad With Grilled Chicken); a basic Egg McMuffin; or a hamburger and small fries are a good option.
It needs to be steaming, or 165 degrees F. If you get your sub toasted , that’s fine, too. The same goes for hot dogs, sausages and other cured meats like salami and prosciutto. It’s the Listeria you have to worry about if you eat them cold or at room temperature.
The expert view. Eating tuna – be that tinned or fresh, in a sandwich or in ready meals – is perfectly safe both when you’re pregnant or trying to get 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.