Ive been eating tons of Salami... Ive only just found out that pregnant woment cant eat salami. Should i worry?

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Elizabeth - posted on 04/19/2009

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Quoting Amber:

I think thats silly. there is a list 100 miles long that a bunch of people created to make pregnant women miserable. If you listened to everything you hear you would starve, freeze, burn up, and probably die of bordom. I have 3 kids ...i ate lunch meat, i ate fish, I ate anything I wanted and they are all perfectly fine. my dr never said to not eat salami I ate deer that my husband hunted..processed and cooked. my kids are healthy...don't worry too much...don't listen to every piece of advice u get because for each good piece of advice there are 2 pieces of b.s.


I agree!  I think your body craves what your baby needs from you.  Fifty years ago they didn't have all of these lists!  I don't know about you but my parents and grandparents are just fine.  :) 

Vegemite - posted on 01/15/2011

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If you haven't been sick from it you shouldn't worry. It's just the bacterias that can be in the meat and other foods such as seafood, raw or cold eggs, raw or cold meats, soft cheese, soft serve ice cream and some fish that would cause food poisoning if they were eaten and can cause birth defects. If you don't want to take the risk, small as it is, just stop eating those foods. You and baby will be fine.

Tracy - posted on 04/19/2009

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Hey Tanya--Ive had 3 children and each time i was pregnant the "do not eat "rules changed!!!! With my first i ate liver, eggs, peanuts and a mulitude of other no-nos. With my 2nd, I wasnt allowed to eat eggs, peanuts etc- when my daughter was born ,she became allergic to eggs and i still cant give them to her. I think if you eat whatever you fancy in moderation you will be ok.

Debbie - posted on 04/19/2009

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I wouldn't worry too much. I'm a nurse, and during my first pregnancy,I had NO clue there was things you should and shouldn't eat. I found out always well after I ate them and didn't get sick, or after my daughter was born and she was happy and healthy. I had eaten tuna fish, clams...I can't even think of other things that people told me after the fact, and like I said, me and my daughter were both fine. That was 12 years ago, and am finally pregnant with my second (yeh!!). Last week I craved like a mad woman for big fat steak fries with blue cheese, got 'em, ate 'em, was fine, then in telling someone the next afternoon, they told me pregnant woman aren't supposed to eat blue cheese! UGH! I'd say ask your doctor if you're worried. Otherwise, eat. BTW, I also had PICA during my first pregnancy, which is the eating of non-food substances during your pregnancy, which is due to a lack of vitamin or mineral, and this has been actually proven non- harmful b/c it's nature's way of telling you to get into your body something you are lacking. I ate paper, LOL. Craved it, plain white no-lined paper!! Since then, I have met woman who ate dirt, tar, rubber cement! All our babies are fine, healthy, so I honestly don't think a little salami will hurt! But let me know, LOL.

Zimmersgirl - posted on 04/19/2009

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I wouldn't stress about it if I were you. I mean, how many of us who've already had kids (years ago) ate nuts, tuna, lunchmeat, blue cheese, and all that stuff? What about a lot of our mothers? The majority of us turned out healthy and fine. I think as long as you didn't overindulge (ate an entire pack at once--which would make you ill for other reasons) then you should be fine. If you're concerned, tell your doc about it at the next visit and then don't eat it any longer. :)

Hoping this is an awesome pregnancy for you!

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Debbie - posted on 04/19/2009

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Oh, I should also add, I was a strict vegetarian when I got pregnant with my first. My doctor and WIC were very concerned about THAT, particularly WIC, who put me down for my dietary choice, but had no qualms about the paper eating! I have never been ashamed about it either, talk about it freely, and have had friends and family ask, "have you craved paper yet?" during this pregnancy, LOL. (btw, that would be a NO). That is how I have come across these other PICA woman, NOT thru any support group or anything LMAO Just wanted to clarify that. And WIC LOVED the fact that I breastfed my daughter for 13 months, tho. Then I was a good mother!

Amber - posted on 04/19/2009

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I think thats silly. there is a list 100 miles long that a bunch of people created to make pregnant women miserable. If you listened to everything you hear you would starve, freeze, burn up, and probably die of bordom. I have 3 kids ...i ate lunch meat, i ate fish, I ate anything I wanted and they are all perfectly fine. my dr never said to not eat salami I ate deer that my husband hunted..processed and cooked. my kids are healthy...don't worry too much...don't listen to every piece of advice u get because for each good piece of advice there are 2 pieces of b.s.

Tanya - posted on 04/19/2009

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I'm stopping eating Lunch meat now that i found out.

I didnt get a list of things to eat and what not to eat, I didnt know you were meant to get one. I'll enquire about it when i next see her though. =)
I havent felt ill or had any pains, so everything should be ok right? and its only if i eat CONTAMINATED meat? and surley all salami cant be contaminated?

anyways, thank you everyone for your comments.

also i didnt add thant im 23 weeks pregnant, so the salami shouldt affect the development of my baby right? all he has to do is grow now =)

xoxo

Ashley - posted on 04/19/2009

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I wouldn't stress too much about it, but do quit eating any type of lunchmeat! There is a chemical in lunchmeat that affects a pregnant woman and her fetus, it reacts with you and your hormones and can make u or your baby sick. If you want to eat lunchmeat heat it up for 10 sec or so to kill that chemical! Didn't your doctor give you a list of do's and dont's and what you can and cannot eat?

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2009

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I personally don't think there is too much to worry about. I read the books, but I still ate the things l craved. I think Tara is correct...you cannot totally eliminate nitrates unless you live on fresh fruits and veggies, and steamed chicken and fish for the next 8 months. It sounds to me like you are eating what you crave, and you must be in need of some vitamin or mineral in the salami.

Tara - posted on 04/19/2009

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They say you aren't supposed to eat lunch meat in general - for two reasons - high in nitrates, and you can get listeriosis (dangerous to you and baby) if the meat wasn't preserved properly. I still wouldn't worry about it, primarily because they also tell you that the way to avoid the listeriosis is to heat the lunch meat to steaming before you eat it - that kills any bacteria that might be in it. As for the nitrates, you'll get those in other foods too, so as long as you aren't eating it for every single meal, every single day, you aren't going to get a lot of that either.
I ate lunch meat through my first pregnancy with no ill effects, just heated it through before I ate it. Same with my second pregnancy (I'm 18 weeks pregnant right now), and the only thing I've had problems with is heartburn LOL. Don't worry about it too much, but if you're really concerned, talk to your doctor/midwife.

Lauran - posted on 04/19/2009

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I wouldn't worry about it too much, just cut back. During my pregnancy it was always craving subs.

Erica - posted on 04/19/2009

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I wouldnt worry to much, they say that you shouldnt eat lunch meat due to something in it. I didnt have this info with my first child who is now 6 and i ate some with my second who is 4 months, dont eat in excess, and ask your dr. about what you have eatten!

Chloe - posted on 04/19/2009

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iv'e never heard of that.i no when i was pregnant 2 1/2 years ago with my daughter they said not t eat shell fish or nuts,nuts because of possible allergic reactions.i shouldnt worry but if u are ask ur midwife.

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