Oh, My Beloved Turkey

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Sorry, peeps. I have nothing to write about that would interest anyone in the least.

Unless you want to hear about the dangers of listeria because DAMN, I could fill you in for hours. and hours. and hours. Ask my husband.

The dilemma of whether or not to eat deli meat during pregnancy. That’s the crisis du jour over here. And what if I already did? And the listeria monoctyogenes are coursing through my body? Oh shit. Are pregnant women really NOT allowed to eat deli turkey during their entire pregnancy?



COMMENTS (23)

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  1. i ate turkey, hot dogs plus tuna fish TWICE a week during my pregnancy with both kids. they aren’t too mentally challanged that i know of…

  2. bishOp stu tu says:

    whOOrl gOOrl,

    turkey makes you fart. so be a sweets and eats mO beefs.

    tankee, da bishOp

  3. No deli meat? Where did you hear that? WTF?

  4. I’ve ignored almost all of the “supposed to” and “not supposed to” stuff and just used my own judgement on each individual thing. As far as I can tell, the listeria concern is about unpasteurized foods. So if you’re worried, cook it again and then eat it. (This is easy for me to say because I don’t eat turkey so I don’t know if that would be totally gross.) If you already ate it, it’s too late to worry, which is the dumbest thing I have said all day since you probably will anyway. I eat fish and soft cheese, just not all the time and I try to make sure I know where it’s coming from. (The soft cheese thing is ridiculous anyway because even if the cheese is unpasteurized it was almost certainly made from pasteurized milk.) In conclusion, the end.

  5. that sounds too difficult to do…

  6. sundance kid says:

    heat it up, all is well

  7. Let me see… child #1 is 90% kool-aid and Mylanta. Child #2 is 90% mexican food. Both are geniuses are far as I’m concerned. ;-) I just stayed away from caffeine and the usual evils and tried to eat healthy-ish foods. So far, so good.

    I understand your hesitation and concern, though. If you’ve already talked about this with your doctor, I’d say stay with whatever she/he recommends.

  8. HOLY FUCKING SHIT! I just spent an hour this morning googling Listeria monocyogenes!! SERIOUSLY!!!
    Apparently they are also a problem with cold-smoked salmon, and I have been cravin’ me a bagel with salmon cream cheese for the past week. So, like any good psycho, I lightheartedly googled it just for fun….just to see what interesting inherent evils lurked beneath its tasty, tasty exterior. Fucking Listeria.
    And Botulism, you better just step the fuck off, ’cause you’re next on my shit list.

  9. Yes, listeria bugs me too while pregnant, but I still enjoy a turkey sandwich. Just be prudent. If the Subway looks nasty, don’t eat there.

    Think of it this way…there are approximately 3000 cases of listeria a year in the US. That’s out of 350 million people.

  10. TK made me heat up every single deli sandwich I ate to the level that it was, frankly, long departed from the sandwich I was interested in eating. I remember buying 14.99 a pound roast beef that was rare, and it looked so good…

    after said experience in microwave, I wanted nothing to do with it.

    Such is life. You can either accept it, and then go out and eat cooked sushi or something, or you can break the rules. Just eat the turkey and drink a glass of wine. that will kill any demons the turkey is festering.

  11. undercover celebrity says:

    ok, I totally read the article you linked to, and here’s my conclusion: Any article on the health of you and your unborn baby that tells you to stay away from fresh sliced deli meat, but chomp on as many pasturized processed cheese slices as your heart desires IS A CROCK.

    I’m pretty sure they’re up to safety codes. If you were living in Somalia or some other place where people don’t even bother to swipe the flies feeding off their eye juices, then we’d have a different story.

    But I say, eat the deli meat — it’s delicious and better for you than pizza. :)

  12. When I was pregnant both times, I craved TOGO”s Spicy Italian Sandwich’s. I ate them all the time (and gained lots of weight) but the point is both my kids turned out ok (so far).

    I totally agree with Undercover Celebrity. Don’t stress yourself out over this stuff.

  13. It’s a wonder you young folks can even walk and talk straight considering we smoked, drank and ate crap throughout our pregnancies (in the dark ages). Of course I kept all those evils to a minimum which probably accounts for my brilliant kids.

  14. I eat lunch meat while prego. But not from a deli. Hmm, not sure if that’s what they meant but as I have never called sandwich meat ‘deli meat’ (go ND!), it doesn’t really seem the same. What seems to be the big problem is how it sits out and can get bacteria and crap, so I don’t really get sandwiches from take-out places very often at all. Who knows, perhaps i will indeed have a square, 3-eyed flipper baby, but so far, things look good.

    I avoid alcohol and non-pasteurized cheese and sushi and try to wash veggies and stuff, but don’t freak out constantly about it. Heck, some people won’t eat peanuts or peanut butter because of fear of their unborn child getting a peanut allergy. I kind of worry more about my child being born (okay–ouch!) and then raised in a country where the current political scene freaks me out to no end and doesn’t look like it’s getting any better.

  15. When I was pregnant I had the hyper-sickness thing. I threw up everything, all the time for nine months. I could eat three things. Packaged deli sliced honey smoked turkey, string cheese and thousand island dressing.

    Weird I know. I gave birth to two healthy 8 lb. children, both times.

    Eat it!! You’ll be fine!!

  16. I warmed up deli meats in the micro. I also found out at the end of my pregnancy that I could have been eating all the soft cheeses I wanted as long as I stayed with the American pasteurized (of course, less tasty and expensive) varieties. Damn did I miss feta.

    Soon as I popped her out I had sushi, beer, a pedicure, and lots of smooshy cheese.

  17. My dinners for the past week:
    1) Salads with FETA or BLUE CHEESE crumbles (I thought I was giving the baby much needed calcium!)
    2) Hot dogs drenched in mustard & cheddar (I think they were heated to steaming?!)

    I AM PROBABLY RIDDLED WITH LISTERIA. I have to stop reading your blog. You make me paranoid!!!

  18. reluctant housewife says:

    I know the feeling. I’m a hypochondriac so I had to think nice and hard before eating anything. It was exhausting!

    You can eat the deli meat as long as it is heated enough to kill the bacteria. I couldn’t bring myself to microwave it, so I just toasted the sandwiches. Melted cheese – good.

    Pregnancy – “Nine months of eating dangerously”. Fun NY times story (but I’m too lazy to find the link)!

  19. All I know is that K studiously avoided all potential baby-messer-uppers and my kid sleeps like a champ and never gets sick. Of course, she does wear a helmet to correct her Viet Nam War Memorial shaped noggin, but whatever. Details.

  20. No cold meats.

    Surely there’s something else you can have for lunch. Cold meats aren’t even good…. :)

    (try pb&j, to prep you for your life ahead anyway : )

  21. bunch. of. crap.

    eat away!

  22. Yeah I am going to say bullshit, but hey better safe than sorry right…??

    I personally had a serious aversion to foul while I was pregnant…the smell or sight of any kind of edible bird totally grossed me out..

    I did however eat about 5 of those big bags of the individually wrapped peppermint life savers a day though…I can no longer stand the sight of them, but I chewed them non stop, with crushed ice..drove everyone crazy!!

    I say skip the turkey and go get yourself a double quarter pounder with cheese instead…:)