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Listeria and Food Poisonings etc.

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If there is one thing I've noticed women, including myself, freak out about, it's Listeria.  So, given that it's supposedly so rare and isolated, I wonder if maybe more women than we realize come into contact with it, even in their food, and somehow do not 'succumb' to it.  It made me wonder if there are 'mild' cases that never involve the baby that never get detected.  Say someone does have some listeria in their celery, is it likely to affect them and their baby 100%?  Or is it possible to have it pass through your system without harm?  I've also read that it's more of a risk in the third trimester?  So, would that mean that a first trimester mom is less susceptible?  Is this true? 

post #2 of 9

I have no idea. Did you ask your doctor? They may have a good resource. I definitely freaked about it when I was pregnant. Mostly made my own food and no Subway..poor dh.

post #3 of 9

Don't quote me on this, because I don't have a reliable source - but I remember reading something like the chances of coming into contact with listeria was 1 in 4000, and the probability of if affecting you AND the fetus is 1 in 10000 - both are much lower than the probability of having a car accident.

 

Which is why I'm not really worried about it. I eat what I want, though I do avoid deli meats that have been open for an unknown amount of time.

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I've never wanted a huge greek salad with feta so much.  I'm erring on the side of caution and hoping I don't go batty in the mean time.  I also heard one has more of a chance of being in a car accident.  Perspective :)  Thank you!

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I made a HUGE mistake when I pregnant with my first.  I was chatting with some women from work and the subject went to what you can't eat and why.  I was laughing and saying things like.... what are the chances?  One woman had a daughter who, at the time was high school age, who suffered from a number of birth defects including mental disabilities and facial deformities.  

 

Well, I stuck my foot in my mouth BIG time because it was listeria that this woman blamed for her child's issues.  She had been to a picnic and got horribly sick with high fever etc.  Was hospitalized and the whole 9 yards.

 

I share this story for 2 reasons... one... though extremely rare... it CAN happen.  And two... always be careful of what you say!  That experience was terrible!  I came across as horribly insensitive! 

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Originally Posted by starflower3 View Post

I've never wanted a huge greek salad with feta so much.  I'm erring on the side of caution and hoping I don't go batty in the mean time.  I also heard one has more of a chance of being in a car accident.  Perspective :)  Thank you!

Why, because feta is a soft cheese? If you're in the U.S. (and in many other countries) it's most likely pasteurized, which should be fine (per my doctor). Or is it the salad greens?

 

I am probably not as cautious about this stuff as I should be. At the same time, lots of places vary by their taboos--in France it's, like, horrifying for a pregnant woman to eat raw vegetables, which I've never heard warnings against here in the U.S.

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Why, because feta is a soft cheese? If you're in the U.S. (and in many other countries) it's most likely pasteurized, which should be fine (per my doctor). Or is it the salad

This question has been puzzling me too. I believe it is bc soft cheeses are more likely be ideal breeding ground for listeria. Or are more likely to be made from raw milk.
post #8 of 9

Yeah, it was my understanding that as long as they were pasteurized they were fine. That's what my OB told me when I was pregnant with my daughter. I tell you, France is NOT the place to go when you're seven weeks pregnant. But even there I could find pasteurized brie in the grocery stores. 

post #9 of 9
I don't go crazy following all the "don't eat this or that" rules. Too much if the info we get is all about what we cannot do or eat (I refuse to read "What to Expect...")!

The chance of contracting Listeria is pretty slim (I'm a microbiologist) but it is safer to err on the side of caution, especially when you're pregnant.

If I buy soft cheese from the grocery store I opt for pasteurized, but if it comes on a salad in a restaurant I won't ask or send it back. As far as lunch meat goes it's probably okay, but it may not be wise to risk it. I still eat my eggs a bit runny, but I started cooking my burgers medium instead of mid-rare.

I figure women in other countries eat the things were told not to eat or drink and we (the US) rank a pathetic 50th in the world for the maternal mortality rate.

I guess it all comes down to your comfort level. I'm not saying you should go crazy, just do what makes you comfortable. When in doubt don't eat it.

Just my two cents.
Edited by Katobi - 7/12/13 at 3:48am
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