I had no idea how many foods pregnant women should avoid!
When I first mentioned wanting to start a family, my doctor gave me a handout with information about what to not to eat while pregnant. It included the basics – soft cheeses and certain kinds of fish.
Then, I saw an article from the American Pregnancy Association about Listeria, which can be found in uncooked meats and vegetables, unpasteurized milk and foods made from it (which is why pregnant women need to avoid soft cheeses) and processed foods. Listeria has also been in the news recently after an outbreak linked to contaminated cantaloupe.
The article recommends only eating hot dogs, luncheon meats or deli meats after they have been properly reheated to steaming or 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is also warns against eating refrigerated pates or meat spreads. Also, it says not to eat refrigerated smoked seafood unless it is contained in a cooked dish, such as a casserole.
Wow! I had no idea that deli turkey that hasn’t been reheated could cause a miscarriage. Though it is rare, it scared me! I don’t want to get a craving for a sub and get Listeria!
I was talking to my mom about it and she was in shock. Having children several decades ago, she had no idea the type of dietary restrictions that today’s mothers have to deal with.
She was also surprised to hear about the limits on fish due to mercury. Down in south Louisiana (where I am from), everyone eats seafood multiple times per week. She had no idea how pregnant women survived.
Was Listeria a concern for any of you while pregnant? How did you combat the dietary restrictions and still eat a healthy diet?
I’ve already started weaning myself off of seafood multiple times per week and queso, so I will be less likely to want it while pregnant. Instead of queso, I am starting to get salsa as my side with chips.
Kathy is a web producer, entertainment expert and concert photographer for WRAL.com. She has written a manuscript about her life as an entertainment reporter and pop culture. Learn more about Kathy on her website. On Wednesdays here on Go Ask Mom, she's chronicling her efforts to lose weight before she and her husband start a family.