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#1 Liah

Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:54 AM

There are so many rules out there about what you "can" and "can't" eat while pregnant, and for someone new to this, it's quite overwhelming.

Some things are easy such as making sure meat is cooked properly, don't eat raw eggs and avoid soft cheeses.  But I'm the sort of person who quite happily eats 2 week old leftovers and doesn't really pay attention to use by dates - I have a problem with throwing food out, and having to start now, I'm finding it really difficult to behave myself and to pay attention to how long foods been sitting in the fridge, etc.

So how strict is everyone with food?

#2 BJBubbles

Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:49 AM

It does feel like it's gotten a little ridiculous, doesn't it?!?!? But then, we have all this research, so we would be silly to totally ignore it too! I'm trying to be sensible, but not over the top.

I'll eat leftovers, as long as they are heated right through (steaming) and only the day after I've originally cooked them. Won't eat left overs from a restaurant etc. And will make sure they go in the fridge ASAP.

I'll eat ham, salami etc on a toasted sandwich or pizza. Same with soft cheeses.

I don't eat much seafood, and like my meat cooked medium-well anyway so it's not too much of a change for me.

But, I've always been a bit particular about left overs etc. Would only ever leave meat in the fridge for 3 days....

So you don't worry, maybe try putting a date on things when you put them in the fridge - a big piece of masking tape with the date it needs to be eaten by/thrown out? When I put things in the freezer, I put a date on it so I know when it's been in there too long, and when getting meat out, I'll get the "oldest" one.



#3 ~~~

Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:26 AM

I believe that soft cheeses are ok to eat if they are made in Aust from pasteurised milk....

#4 Babushka Doll

Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:59 AM

When I had my DD Ham was still on the OK list, fast forward 3 years and its a no no.    Imagine all the women who have eaten ham in the Eon's prior with no problems.....  

I think it is all at bit OTT - my OB called it Listeria Hysteria when i asked him once, he said the best advice he can give me is to use my own common scence.   If something doesn't feel/smell/look right don't do it - no matter how tempting!

I felt like ham yesterday,  so I just made a jaffle with Ham, cheese and tomato - so If im able to eat what I feel like without causing undue niggling worries I will.

#5 Liah

Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:27 PM

Putting a date on things is a good idea...I hadn't even thought of that rolleyes.gif  I've started keeping leftovers in the freezer as well, instead of the fridge so they keep a bit better.

"Lysteria Hysteria" = brilliant!

I have been erring on the side of caution for everything - if I'm not sure, then I just won't have it.  It's so difficult when you're out with people who don't know though...I guess time will fix that up though lol.

After this pregnancy, I'm going to appreciate the little things so much more...like mayo!!  Sandwiches just aren't the same without it sad.gif

#6 (feral)epg

Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:40 PM

My theory with soft cheeses is that if it's made from pasteurised milk (all Australian cheese is) and kept refrigerated it's fine.  Not as tasty as when eaten at room temperature and a few days past the use by date, but almost definitely safe.
Imported cheese I think also has to be pasteurised (to the absolute disgust of my French friends) but I'm not so confident about it, or the storage.

Where it gets really difficult is eating out - so often it seems like the healthy option is on the forbidden list - especially salads, leaner (and hence cooked for less) fish and meat, whereas all the deep fried, heavy dishes are all 'safe'.  For instance I ordered salmon last week - and the centre wasn't fully cooked, so would it have been better to get a massive steak in a fatty sauce with chips???

When I spoke to my midwife about it she said they really don't see Listeria, but as it's a risk you can completely eliminate you might as well try.  

On the other hand still couldn't even contemplate the thought of a glass of wine - not sure if it's a psychosomatic thing but I'm finding it about as appetising as vinegar.

#7 PeanutButterTurtle

Posted 08 August 2012 - 11:01 PM

I'm really just using the common sense approach - if it looks dodgy, don't go there. The only thing I absolutely cannot give up is a medium steak! Especially seeing as we eat quite a bit of kangaroo - if it's cooked more than medium, it's like chewing leather! I'm a bit anal with leftovers at the best of times - use by the next day if in the fridge straight from cooking, and within two weeks if in the freezer and always label containers with the date cooked, so not a huge drama there. I don't drink, so not a problem, and rarely drink soft drink. That being said, I absolutely had to have a pepsi the other day, so I did. Eh.

Liah - I still eat mayo, I was under the impression that anything long-life (ie non-refrigerated supermarket shelf stuff) had to be cooked/processed, so the egg isn't a problem?

EPG, I'd heard the same about soft cheeses, but I've had lots of other people tell me otherwise. I think you're spot on with eating out too. I'd rather have a lamb salad than a deep fried schnitty and chips!

#8 whale-woman

Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:37 PM

When I have bad MS I don't have to be strict. The idea of leftovers even turns my stomach. I can't touch alcohol. Dips pates etc turn me off. That said I have wolfed down a few things on the forbidden list like quiche with feta from the deli without even thinking about it. No guilt about it either.

I'm definitely more relaxed with this pg than with the 1st. I'll definitely be having an occasional wine. I don't really have an issue with leftovers that are a day old or so. I will be staying away from soft serve ice cream which is actually a listeria risk (the rest is way over hyped IMO)

#9 Liah

Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:45 PM

Midstudentcatie - you're right, there is no egg in store bought mayo, but apparently it's something to do with bacteria that grows in it after its been opened - freshly opened its fine, but after that it should be avoided, like any leftovers, pregnancy gives it a much shorter use by date. Same with sour cream. Like anything though, I'm not sure how important it is that this is followed.
Have been craving choc milk all week lol! (not that I'm complaining, never too old to enjoy chic milk  wink.gif )

#10 Natttmumm

Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:13 AM

I try to stick to the guidelines and if in doubt then I don't eat it. I avoid deli food, bought salads unless I can wash them first, undercooked eggs, under cooked meat, soft cheese. Most other things I would eat

I try to stick to the guidelines and if in doubt then I don't eat it. I avoid deli food, bought salads unless I can wash them first, undercooked eggs, under cooked meat, soft cheese. Most other things I would eat

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