Oh, My Beloved Turkey

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?

  1. gorillabuns

    January 26, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    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

    January 26, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    whOOrl gOOrl,

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

    tankee, da bishOp

  3. Lyndsay

    January 26, 2006 at 1:22 pm

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

  4. Annika

    January 26, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    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. ms. sizzle

    January 26, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    that sounds too difficult to do…

  6. sundance kid

    January 26, 2006 at 3:03 pm

    heat it up, all is well

  7. don't call me ma'am

    January 26, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    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. jege

    January 26, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    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. LVGurl

    January 26, 2006 at 6:25 pm

    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. kimmer

    January 26, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    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

    January 26, 2006 at 2:17 pm

    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. Karoni

    January 26, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    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. lin

    January 26, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    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. eM

    January 27, 2006 at 5:07 am

    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.