Why should deli meats be avoided in pregnancy?

Patient

Q: I have heard it is unsafe to eat deli meats while pregnant. Should I avoid eating a deli made turkey sandwich?

Doctor

A:   Precooked deli meats should be avoided in pregnancy because these products may have Listeria, which can cause Listeriosis. Listeriosis is one of the known causes of spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) and stillbirths. Reheating these products until they are steaming hot will be enough to kill the bacteria. You may avoid these products for now. If you can’t resist it, at least reheat them and have it in moderation. I do hope this helps and take care always.

Related Q&A

Q: I am having abnormal results in blood test for my thyroid it was 0.22 now its gone down too 0.11

Q: Hi, my mom has lost feeling in her right arm for the past hour she was moving so it's not asleep. Her entire bicep an...

Q: Help. I'm trying to lose weight. I get craving late at night and I try to snack on fruit and veg so as not to give in...

Q: Test by Madhu - App test test test test test test test test test test test test test

Q: I am a 27 year old male who has pretty low muscle tone. I have not consistently exercised for over 3 years, and suffe...

MOST DOCTOR RECOMMENDATIONS
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews