The safest course of action to protect your baby is to avoid deli meats until after pregnancy. If you plan to eat deli meats anyway, we highly suggest cooking them until they are steaming. If the meat is heated to steaming, any present Listeria bacteria should no longer be alive.
Can you have a toasted sandwich while pregnant?
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.
Can I eat a smoked turkey sandwich while pregnant?
If the lunch meat you love is smoked turkey or if smoked brisket or ham is on the menu for dinner, don’t eat it cold or room temperature either. The rule is to get it steaming hot to kill any organisms and eat it right away. Because pregnancy affects your immune system, you’re more susceptible to food-borne illness.
What deli meats are safe during pregnancy?
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 happens if you get Listeria while pregnant?
During the first trimester of pregnancy, listeriosis may cause miscarriage. As the pregnancy progresses to third trimester, the mother is more at risk. Listeriosis can also lead to premature labor, the delivery of a low-birth-weight infant, or infant death.
Is turkey deli meat bad for pregnancy?
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.
Can I eat hot dogs while pregnant?
Unless you eat them raw, a hot dog, well cooked as normal (i.e. at a high temperature of at least 75C) is perfectly fine. Pregnant women are often validly warned about cold cuts and deli meats, as these contain the highest risk of Listeria and other types of contamination in their raw state.
Can I eat pepperoni while pregnant?
Like other cured salamis, pepperoni is a raw food. Whether from the deli counter or out of the bag, you should avoid eating it cold because it can harbor bacteria that can harm your developing baby. However, cooked pepperoni is fine.
How do you know if you have listeria while pregnant?
Symptoms of listeriosis may show up 2-30 days after exposure. Symptoms in pregnant women include mild flu-like symptoms, headaches, muscle aches, fever, nausea, and vomiting. If the infection spreads to the nervous system it can cause a stiff neck, disorientation, or convulsions.
Is salami and pepperoni OK during pregnancy?
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.