Eating things you're not supposed to....

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Eating things you're not supposed to....

Ok, I don't mean "weird things" like chalk or dirt lol I mean normal things that you're just not supposed to eat while you're pregnant. I've been craving sushi, but California rolls will do - I just worry that maybe with them being 'prepared' in the same area as the other sushi that there could be cross contamination... ALSO I've been craving a turkey and cheese sub from Port of Subs big time, but ever since I read about Listeria I haven't been able to bring myself to eat any deli meat. They say if you warm up the meat to steaming first it's ok but I want it cold! I didn't avoid cold cut sandwiches during my pregnancy with DS and I was fine.

Anyone else craving things they shouldn't have? And are you secretly giving in or eating things that are recommended not to eat anyway? :confused:

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As long as the deli meat is heated up its fine. It kicks the listeria.

I don't know, I'm pretty relaxed about this kind of stuff. A lot of it is a non-issue for me though, like sushi isn't available in town, I can't stomach coffee or diet pepsi anymore... That's just me though.

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"AkMomma07" wrote:

As long as the deli meat is heated up its fine. It kicks the listeria.

I think again my worry is cross contamination, sure I can ask the person prepping the food to heat it up for me but since they touched it before they heated it up and then touched it again without changing their gloves it would be just kind of pointless right? Maybe I'm over thinking this...

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"Astolate" wrote:

I think again my worry is cross contamination, sure I can ask the person prepping the food to heat it up for me but since they touched it before they heated it up and then touched it again without changing their gloves it would be just kind of pointless right? Maybe I'm over thinking this...

Good point...never thought of this?

I've been craving blue cheese...I think that's on the 'no no' list Sad

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You can eat sushi if it's made in a reputable restaurant. Smile I do try to avoid listeria danger foods, but again at a really good deli? Probably going to be ok. Most blue cheese, feta cheese etc. is pasteurized here in the states. There, no guilt!
Coffee, soda, sweet tea, and wine are my biggest temptations, ugh!

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Eh, I eat it all. I've had a turkey club and a ham club (heated up deli meat is not always appetizing to me), hot dogs (obviously heated up/cooked. Cold hot dogs are gross, lol!), sushi (nothing raw, so shrimp tempura rolls). Like Jamie said, most cheeses in the US are pasturized (which kills listeria). I just can't live in a bubble and it this point, if I'm craving it, I want to eat it because not much sounds appetizing to me, lol!

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I've been craving deli sandwiches too and have eaten plenty of them since finding out I'm pregnant. I asked my OB about the deli meat specifically an she said not to worry about it. Just eat it. She just recommended me to avoid salami, pepperoni, hot dogs...those high in nitrates. I actually had a hot dog a couple of days ago. I'm also trying to cut caffeine in the first tri, but will have a soda every few days. Most of what I crave is high in fat, which isn't good. Like chicken fried chicken, mac & cheese, apple pie... But I haven't given in to any of those. Yet. Smile

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Personally, a strawberry daq is sounding so good. The weird thing is, I hardly EVER drink. Just special occasions. Next time we are out maybe I will order myself a virgin daq Smile I have also been craving fish, but have found the imitation crab is just as good. I know one serving of fish a week is ok, but if I can get away with eating the fake stuff, why not. I have limited myself pretty well to 1 caffeinated beverage a day if any at all, but I too find myself wanting a coke every now and then. When that happens, I just have my hubby split it with me Wink

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I have been cravings roast beef and swiss sandwiches. I just make them at home. Heat the meat in the microwave first and then put it in the freezer for a few minutes to cool it back down. I was so excited when my doc told me with DS2 that feta was fine as long as it wasn't straight from the goat Smile All the feta in the grocery store is pasteurized. Good thing because I've been cravings salads with feta like crazy!

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A lot of those cheeses that you think you can't eat are actually fine (blue cheese, feta, etc.) - they're usually pasteurized, you just need to read the ingredients to make sure it specifies 'pasteurized.' I avoided these cheeses all through my first pregnancy but then learned the real truth. Wink
I'm a veg and I crave steaks like crazy! (Normally don't miss or want meat). Also, I haven't given up coffee - never did in the past, and don't plan on it now! I do miss a glass of wine on the weekends, though. Sigh.

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I will eat sandwiches as long as it's trusted meat that I've bought. I actually bought a ham and cooked it just so that I could slice it up for sandwiches. lol. I don't trust any sandwich place where we live though to actually keep food at correct temperatures and such, so I pass on eating it out.
I pass on uncooked sushi while pregnant.
I avoid alcohol in the first trimester, but in the 3rd I'll enjoy the occasional small glass (3-4 oz) of lower alcohol wine. To curb the desire for fancy alcoholic drinks when out with friends, I order shirley temples or sparkling water with juice or something.
Most cheeses are pasteurized that you'll find in regular grocery stores. I keep eating feta and such without a second thought. Had some today actually.

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I will eat eggs with runny yolks still, and I think I've had a lick of some cake batter or cookie dough at one point during the pregnancy. :oops: If I were really, really craving it, I would probably eat a deli sandwich, though I'd probably go for something like a subway melt that gets microwaved. But if I needed it cold, I'd probably just eat it that way.

I was really careful when I was pregnant with DD, but since then I found out that in most other countries they don't have this long list of foods you can't eat during pregnancy. In Europe women eat the processed meats and unpasteurized cheeses all the time. In Asia, sushi is common. In many countries, eggs are routinely undercooked. So I try to look at the statistics (for example, the risk of any one egg containing salmonella is about 1/20,000, and most times the bacteria is only in the white) and make a decision I can live with.

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"harmonybear" wrote:

I think I've had a lick of some cake batter or cookie dough at one point during the pregnancy. :oops:

I've done the same without a second thought.

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I haven't had any cravings of things I'm not supposed to eat, or even any real cravings. Mostly food aversions. Nothing sounds good.

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I've been craving bread with portuguese cheese (hubby is portuguese and its a big snack in his family) but that cheese isn't pasteurized. I too have been having deli meat, craving nachos, beer (shock top), tuna. I can go on. Why it's bad is because I eat very healthy normally! Yesterday I had a couple swigs of DS coca cola! I never do that!

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Im bad with eggs and cookie dough too! I love eggs benedict with over easy eggs! Yummy!

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"*~*Amber*~*" wrote:

Im bad with eggs and cookie dough too! I love eggs benedict with over easy eggs! Yummy!

I never even thought having eggs over easy or sunny side up (aka with runny yolks) could be a potential risk. o.o I don't eat eggs any other way!

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"Astolate" wrote:

I never even thought having eggs over easy or sunny side up (aka with runny yolks) could be a potential risk. o.o I don't eat eggs any other way!

I think it's fine to eat over easy or sunny side up eggs during pregnancy. They're are actually much more nutritious for you than fully-cooked eggs. But there is a risk, though it is very small.

From what I understand, on average 1 out of about 20,000 eggs is contaminated with salmonella. So if you ate two undercooked eggs a day for 27 years, you could expect that one of those eggs would make you sick. Also, in nearly all cases the salmonella is originally present on the egg shell and not on the egg itself. When the egg shell cracks (even just a tiny crack), that bacteria can get into the egg. It takes a while for the bacteria to penetrate to the egg yolk, so in most cases you just need to make sure the egg white is cooked to get rid of the salmonella. However, if the egg is left at room temperature for a while (such as in restaurants, where they crack lots of eggs at one time and leave them at room temperature until they need to be cooked), there is a greater risk of the bacteria penetrating into the yolk.

However, if you're careful in selecting your eggs, you should be safe so long as you fully cook the white. If you want to minimize the risk even more, the best way to eat an egg with a soft yolk would be soft boiled, because that kills the bacteria on the shell before it's ever cracked. So long as the egg is fresh and the shell doesn't have any minor cracks, that should be extremely safe. You could also try washing your eggs before cracking them. HTH! Smile

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I eat cookie dough, runny eggs, lunchmeat and even the occasional hot dog! I don't worry too much about it. You'll never catch me eating sushi though, preggers or not. ick!

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Sushi is nothing more than fish. Sashimi is RAW fish.. That I won't ever eat.