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    Default Food Paranoia - Really Stressed

    Hi Ladies,

    I have been very careful with what I eat and am currently 9 weeks along. I made a stupid mistake on the back of being really hungry today and ordered a cheese and tomato sandwich from a dodgy looking snack bar. The cheese slices were sitting in a metal container and I don't think they were chilled. They also put my bread on a chopping board. I feel luck such an idiot for eating it and now I have a bit of a gurgly stomach. Have I put myself at real risk for listeria infection? I can't stop stressing out

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    was it toasted? try not to stress out, chances are you'll be fine. listeriosis is very uncommon.

    I hate eating on the go as you're really limited. I was at a food court in a shopping centre on the weekend and there was virtually nothing totally "safe". I ended up going with a little pizza as, although they were sitting there ready made up, at least it has to be heated up/freshly cooked. I felt it was a safer option than the heated up pastas sitting there in the bain maries.

    I find eating out a bit stressful too. just always pick something that's either super fresh or heated to piping hot temps. as crap as it sounds, a freshly heated up sausage roll is probably better than a sandwich.

    try not to stress out, you'll be fine. just be careful going forward xx

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    Chances are you will be fine. My friend literally ate everything except for raw meat. Unwashed lettuce, soft cheeses, raw eggs, salami etc etc when I slip up I often think that if she can get through 9 months of "eating on the edge" without an issue, I can't be that unlucky for something to happen.

    Yes, there is a risk but it is very uncommon.

    If you aren't feeling well though, perhaps call your midwife?

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    I know it can be stressful with all the hype about what not to eat, but it really is rare. Your baby would be at greater risk from you riding in a car than from you eating, yet nobody seems to ensure they avoid hopping in a car when pregnant.

    Breathe. You're doing great.

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    I was super paranoid of listeria too when I was pregnant. It actually caused me so much stress and eating out was a nightmare. I wouldn't stress too much...like a pp said was it toasted? I didn't think normal cheese slices were a listeria risk?

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    I think its gone a bit OTT to be honest. I would actually opt for a sausage roll or pastie rather than a healthy salad when out....so would eat unhealthy foods to try and avoid listeria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olive Oil View Post
    Chances are you will be fine. My friend literally ate everything except for raw meat. Unwashed lettuce, soft cheeses, raw eggs, salami etc etc when I slip up I often think that if she can get through 9 months of "eating on the edge" without an issue, I can't be that unlucky for something to happen.

    Yes, there is a risk but it is very uncommon.

    If you aren't feeling well though, perhaps call your midwife?
    This is me. I'm super relaxed with food. Listeriosis is extremely rare.

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    While it is rare, it can be fatal in high risk groups. The reason it is rare is because of the guidelines that have been implemented.

    A friend lost a baby at 24 weeks last year to listeria. There have been adult deaths (in high risk groups) in the last few years.

    While I don't think you need to be paranoid about these things, the guidelines are certainly worth sticking to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Nette View Post
    While it is rare, it can be fatal in high risk groups. The reason it is rare is because of the guidelines that have been implemented.

    A friend lost a baby at 24 weeks last year to listeria. There have been adult deaths (in high risk groups) in the last few years.

    While I don't think you need to be paranoid about these things, the guidelines are certainly worth sticking to.
    Very sorry to hear about your friend's baby. It just goes to show that the guidelines do exist for a reason. Would you mind sharing what type of food was responsible in your friend's case?

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    They were never able to pin point it exactly. Could possibly have been sushi or a pre made salad.

    In terms of your sandwich I wouldn't be too worried. The cheese shouldn't be a problem and the tomatoes are likely to be reasonably fresh. Did you have it toasted?

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