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#1 of 8 Old 07-22-2007, 08:20 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm about 5 months pg. All my books say avoid things that may have listeria, but they don't say what will happen. Is there anything i can do now? I ate a slice of pizza that had ricotta on it & only realised after i ate it that it smelled a bit off. It wasn't really awful smelling, but it certainly wasn't fresh.
What should i do now?
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I am NOT an expert, but I would guess that you'll be fine. I would drink a lot of water, make sure I took my vitamins, and try not to worry. If you start to feel sick, call your dr or midwife. (Or call now, just for reassurance, if you want.)

I ate some quiche that had been sitting out for several hours last weekend, even though I knew I "shouldn't." I just couldn't resist. All was fine. Our immune systems are geared up for pregnancy and I bet they're able to protect us from a lot of stuff.
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I wouldn't worry.

The ricotta was cooked with the pizza wasn't it?

My first I followed the dos and dont for eating.

Second, third and fourth I didn't. I just focused on keeping my body healthy. If its healthy it will fight off bugs well.
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What should i do now?
You should relax. I'm sure everything will be fine.

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I would relax, pregnancy "food rules" vary all over the world. Pregnant women eat raw fish in Japan. I seriously doubt in France they tell them to stop eating soft cheese. And if you think about what cheese is, it's all milk gone bad anyway.

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The soft cheese rule applies to cheese made with unpasturized milk and almost all domestic cheeses in the US are made with pasturized milk so the danger is almost nonexistant.
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The risk of listeriosis from cheese is from unpasteurized, un-cooked cheese. First of all that ricotta was most likely pasteurized, and second of all it's been cooked. Yes, it's not a great idea to eat food that's past its prime, but the danger is not of listeriosis.

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Thanks everyone. I guess there's nothing much i can do about it now anyway! You're right - the cheese was pasteurised. Here in Australia it's actually illegal to sell unpasteurised cheese! But i wasn't sure what nasties would be lurking in it, so thanks for the ever wonderful advice!
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