Why I Avoid the Deli Line

Good evening and happy Friday! As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started researching foods that would offer essential nutrition to my baby as well as which foods that could potentially cause harm to my baby. Three foods that I used to eat on a regular basis have been on my avoid list during my entire pregnancy. As difficult as it has been, I am just too afraid to risk it.

Deli Meats

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Oh how I miss my Prosciutto, Salami, and Sopressata. My mouth is watering just thinking about the delicious salty spicy goodness that could be in my mouth right now. As much as I love these meats, there is a risk of Listeria contamination on all deli and hard meats. Listeria poses a huge threat to your baby. Listeria contamination could be found in other foods as well. Please read about it on the Center for Disease Control website:

http://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/infections-listeria.html

and on the Food and Drug Administration website:

http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/HealthEducators/ucm083320.htm

Over Easy Eggs

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I was eating these beauties every day for breakfast. I stopped when I found out I was pregnant because that delicious runny yolk can be contaminated with Listeria or Salmonella. It seems that Salmonella is not AS serious as Listeria or Toxoplasmosis, but it still may pose complications to your pregnancy and your baby.

Medium Rare Red Meat

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I absolutely loved eating juicy medium rare burgers. We would top them off with jalapeños, onions, mushrooms and avocado to create the perfect juicy burger. I stopped eating undercooked red meat because there is a risk that it could be contaminated with Ecoli, Salmonella, Listera, or Toxoplasmosis. Ecoli, like Salmonella, does not seem to be AS serious as Listeria or Toxoplasmosis, but like Salmonella, may pose complications to your pregnancy and your baby.

If toxoplasmosis is contracted during pregnancy, the bacteria causes serious risks to your baby’s growth and development. Please read about it on the Center for Disease Control website:

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_info/pregnant.html

http://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/infections-toxo.html

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/

and on the Food and Drug Administration website:

http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/HealthEducators/ucm083327.htm

Listeria and toxoplasmosis are two bacterias found in food that pose a huge risk to your baby’s growth and development. Unfortunately, I had a toxoplasmosis scare at the beginning of my pregnancy. If you are interested, check it out here: http://sandrabasile.com/index.php/2015/09/05/my-cute-little-kitties-and-my-toxoplasmosis-scare/

For more information about food poisoning, please refer to the following websites:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/528520-the-risks-of-rare-meat-when-pregnant/

http://www.cdc.gov/features/holidayfoodsafety/

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/food-poisoning-during-pregnancy-topic-overview?page=1

http://www.livestrong.com/article/367332-effects-of-food-poisoning-while-pregnant/

http://www.cdc.gov/features/ecoliinfection/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/507063-the-dangers-of-undercooked-meat-in-pregnant-women/

I hope that this post was helpful =D Thank you for reading, I hope that you have a wonderful night <3

 

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