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    Default What listeria foods have u eaten??

    I feel so guilty and sick right now.
    I just ate dip then googled actually is Dip (olive) safe to eat whole pregnant and it's a real risk

    I also had sushi in the morning cuz it was freshly made that day and I had ham when I was about 4 weeks because I didn't know I was pregnant..

    I also had a frozen coke float and didn't realise about how bad soft serve is

    So I feel like I need a scan (irrational I know!!) but I'm hormonal.. So I want to know what have u eaten during pregnancy and felt like I am now??

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    Default What listeria foods have u eaten??

    throughout this pregnancy I have eaten on a regular basis:

    sushimi (ate some tonight for dinner actually, almost 27 weeks pregnant)

    Sushi

    Pre-made Sandwiches & salads from cafes

    Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon & plain poached eggs

    Rockmelon (before the salmonella scare)

    Cold meats like ham

    Coffee, tea and chocolate

    Basically whatever I want. I was extremely cautious with my first pregnancy but now on my 3rd I really can't be bothered lol

    You'll be fine - a bit of dip will not harm you! Just avoid things that are off, or from dodgy establishments

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    You'll be fine. Listeriosis is sooooo rare here. Half the contraband foodstuffs here are totally acceptable in other parts of the world including Europe.

    Saying that, I'm really cautious, I don't know why but I just don't feel right eating stuff they say not to.

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    I'm going to go against the grain here.
    My intent is not to frighten you but impart the guidelines about listeria and food safety and pregnancy because you did mention a couple of things you didn't know about. And i used to work in communicable disease control.
    I personally followed the guidelines with my pregnancy last year.
    Yes listeria is rare. BUT pregnant women are more susceptible to listeriosis. And it has been found that about 20% of listeriosis cases in pregnant women will result in foetal death in Australia with 1-2 foetal deaths occurring each year. So yes the risk is small but it is still a risk.
    You will find so many people will say oh I ate this and I ate that and I was fine but just arm yourself with the information and be educated and make your decision, whatever that may be.
    An ultrasound won't do anything for listeria. It's highly, highly unlikely you have been exposed to listeria. But you can see a gp and ask to be tested for it if super worried.
    These guidelines are fantastic for detailed info about listeria and pregnancy http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/..._pregnancy.pdf
    And this snapshot of what to avoid is great http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/...-when-pregnant
    Listeria (and salmonella for that matter - recent outbreaks have shown this) often lives in commercial equipment like industrial washers, slicers etc so even if food is made or cut 'fresh' if there is a systematic colonisation in the equipment freshness doesn't matter.

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    I had everything and everything (except alcohol ).
    Cheeses, sushi, prepared salads, coffee, Coca Cola.
    I work in infection control and I remember reading the incidence of listeriosis and liking my odds.
    I'm not saying eat everything, I'm just saying don't beat yourself up about a bit of dip.
    No doubt, will be more careful now following this incident.

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    The likelihood might be low but they outcome can be devastating. A friend of mine lost a baby at 24 weeks - most likely due to listeria. For me that risk just isn't worth it.

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    I didn't know coffee was bad! I have one or 2 a day ahhh.
    Thanks for all the info it really helps. Now I will be so careful what I eat and read labels first.. So hard this food thing while pregnant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialK View Post
    I had everything and everything (except alcohol ).
    Cheeses, sushi, prepared salads, coffee, Coca Cola.
    I work in infection control and I remember reading the incidence of listeriosis and liking my odds.
    I'm not saying eat everything, I'm just saying don't beat yourself up about a bit of dip.
    No doubt, will be more careful now following this incident.
    I've been the same. When I read the risks I calculated it to be pretty much the same odds as me winning lotto. However, the risk of me re-igniting an eating disorder I had from becoming paranoid about everything I should and shouldn't eat were much higher. So, for me, it's worth taking the very small risk.

    The only things I've probably been slightly more careful over are: not eating leftovers if they've been in the fridge for a few days (whereas I'd eat anything up to 4 days old before), actually checking use by dates / checking when something was opened and if I'm not sure I don't eat it and not eating runny eggs at cafes. At home I'll eat them - our eggs come straight from our own chicken or duck bums, don't go into the fridge and are washed in warm water right before cracking (I know that sounds counter intuitive to what you do with supermarket eggs, but it's the safest way to not have bacteria pulled into an egg from your home eggs). Store eggs worry me because they've usually been put in the fridge. The condensation that happens when you take them out of the store fridge to take them home washes the protective bloom layer off the eggs.

    Oh, and I don't eat brie or Camembert, only because I suddenly couldn't stand the taste when I got pregnant!

    At the end of the day, I think each person has to do what they are comfortable with. If something happened and you were going to forever blame yourself for it, then it's not worth doing.

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    To me it's not worth the risk. My baby is far more important to me, than giving up certain foods for 9 months.

    When I was pregnant with DD, I remember hearing on the news about a lady who lost her baby at 18 weeks, because she ate soft cheese and ended up with listeriosis. Unfortunately it does happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by kim85 View Post
    I didn't know coffee was bad! I have one or 2 a day ahhh.
    Excess coffee isn't great. One to two cups a day is fine. I personally stick to one, otherwise my heart races, but that would happen to me pregnant or not!


 

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