I agree that the listeria risk has probably been blown out of proportion...however, for me it's really not a hard change to make during pregnancy to avoid most of the items. Lunch meat is the only thing I find hard to go without due to its convenience. I LOVE soft cheese, but I also love hard and medium cheese, so that's doable. I did miss blue cheese dressing last time. I don't like smoked seafood at all so that's no loss. I do like cooked seafood but avoid the high mercury items.
In case you're interested, here are the CDC recommendations for preventing listeria:
"Recommendations for persons at high risk, such as pregnant women, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems, in addition to the recommendations listed above:
• Do not eat hot dogs, deli meats, or luncheon meats unless they are reheated until steaming hot.
• Avoid getting fluid from hot dog packages on other foods, utensils, and food preparation surfaces, and wash hands after handling hot dogs, deli meats, and luncheon meats.
• Do not eat soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, and Camembert, blue-veined cheeses, or Mexican-style cheeses such as queso blanco, queso fresco, and Panela unless they have labels that clearly state they are made from pasteurized milk.
• Do not drink unpasteurized (raw) milk and do not eat foods that contain unpasteurized milk.
• Do not eat refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads. Canned or shelf-stable pâtés and meat spreads may be eaten.
• Do not eat refrigerated smoked seafood unless it is an ingredient in a cooked dish, such as a casserole. Examples of refrigerated smoked seafood include salmon, trout, whitefish, cod, tuna or mackerel labeled as "nova-style," "lox," "kippered," "smoked," or "jerky." This seafood is found in the refrigerated section or sold at deli counters of grocery stores and delicatessens. Canned or shelf-stable smoked seafood may be eaten."
And here are the internal food temperatures you want to reach when heating/reheating foods:
Chicken 165-180 F
Egg Dishes 160 F
Ground Meat 160-165 F
Beef Medium well 160 F
Beef Well Done 170 F (not reccomended to eat any meat cooked rare)
Pork 160-170 F
Ham (raw) 160 F
Ham (precooked) 140 F