Happy pregnant woman eating an open-face sandwichHot dogs and cold cuts (and soft cheeses), can contain the bacteria “listeria.”  Cooking will kill it, but ready-to-eat foods can become contaminated after cooking and before packaging.

Even though listeria is everywhere, non-pregnant healthy adults aren’t effected by it. Pregnant women are about 20 times more likely to become sick from it-some say it’s because you have a weakened immune system right now.  If you cook your hot dogs and lunch meats completely, it’ll destroy this listeria. And, it’s smart to stay away from foods like lunch meat that may carry listeria during pregnancy. Here’s a quick list of risky foods:

  • Brie cheese
  • Camembert cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Unpasturized juice
  • Raw/undercooked meat, fish, or shellfish
  • Unwashed raw veggies
  • Hot dogs
  • Deli meat
  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Blue cheese

Keep in mind, the risk of getting listeria from your everyday eating is very low (even among pregnant women), so don’t stress out if you’ve been enjoying some deli meats now and again. Ask your doctor for their recommendations about your pregnancy diet.

Heidi Keefer
Written by Heidi Keefer

Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of blog posts over the years, Heidi enjoys finding new ways to educate and captivate Lifetime’s ever-growing list of subscribers.

Heidi has a keen eye for misplaced apostrophes, comma splices, and well-turned sentences, which she has put to good use as a contributor to Lifetime’s award-winning blogs. She has written and published hundreds of adoption articles which explore the various facets of domestic infant adoption today.

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