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I know you are supposed to avoid deli meats during pregnancy to avoid Listeria. But I thought I read that cooked is ok? All I really want to eat is hot ham and cheese and I really need to eat something!
Yup hot ham and cheese with mustard is one of my favorite pregnancy foods. LOL
The minute I find out I'm pregnant my mind automatically starts telling me that I want hot dogs and hoagies which I rarely eat when not pregnant. The entire time my mind is freaking out about a hoagie. hahah so funny.
You are okay to eat it as long as it is cooked I always continued to eat hoagies and stuff, I would just zap the meat in the microwave for a few seconds and then let it cool back down before I put it on my sandwhich.
JaxonJocelyn Gabriel Grayson and due in September!
It's also worth keeping in mind that lunch meats can be high in nitrates, too, just FYI. Nitrates can convert to nitrites in your stomach, and nitrates can lower your blood's ability to carry oxygen. Nitrates/nitrites also cross the placenta. So it's suggested that pregnant ladies avoid cured meats with nitrates, like most lunch meats, bacon, cured ham, etc and only eat it in moderation.
If you DO eat it, they've found that ingesting a good dose of vitamin C along with it can prevent the absorption of nitrates, so have a glass of orange juice or something with your ham. Anyway, I think you're fine to have some, I would just use moderation. And you need to eat, so if that's all you can eat go for it. Maybe you can find some nitrate-free ham? They do make it!
Personally, keeping a healthy weight early in pregnancy when I am borderline underweight is more important to me than the tiny risk of Listeriosis and also more important than the risks of nitrates. So I eat whatever is available that I can stomach. Sushi, lunch meat, whatever. I do avoid soft unpasteurized cheeses because that is the food most strongly linked to Listeria, and bc that is easy to do since it is pretty rare in the U.S. (mainly saying no to queso fresco on a taco!)
I think many people get freaked out by the food rules and end up totally avoiding healthy lean proteins like lunch meat and fish that are actually great nutrition when pregnant. It is unfortunate. My rule is, eat good food. Hot sandwiches are a win-win though... no Listeria risk AND delicious warm sandwich!! Awesome.