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Eaten something i shouldnt

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Southerngal32 Fri 09-Nov-12 20:20:46

Hello, please be gentle with me, first time poster!

I am 12 weeks pregnant and today without even thinking about it i ate some goats cheese with rind on so i assume unpasteurised.

It wasnt till i got home and thought about it that the panic about listeria has set in. Google hasnt helped! Any reassuarance to a very scared first time pregnant person?

Many thanks

VivaLeBeaver Fri 09-Nov-12 20:25:15

Well firstly a lot of goats cheese in the supermarket seems to be pasturised so maybe it was OK.

Secondly I'm sure the pregnant women of France still consume goats cheese, brie, etc. The risk is very, very small. A lot of people don't even know they're pregnant in the first trimester and eat stuff they shouldn't.

Don't worry, just try and remember next time!

Southerngal32 Fri 09-Nov-12 20:31:47

Thanks for your reply, will try not to worry too much!

Think im going to be super cautious from now on!

TwitchyTail Fri 09-Nov-12 20:31:49


You're fine. Relax smile PS I'm a doctor.

CurlyBoo Fri 09-Nov-12 20:40:27

Our parents generation never stopped eating soft cheese, cured meats, shellfish and soft eggs and we all turned out ok so I'm sure you will be fine. Worrying will distress your baby though so forget about it and enjoy your pregnancy

Andromaca Fri 09-Nov-12 20:41:31

Hello Southerngal32,

I'm sure you are fine and try not to panic, I did a bit of research when I was pregnant and the actual chances of getting listeria are really low (if I remember well something around 7 per 1,000,000) but I'm not a doctor so if you are concern I'm sure your GP or midwife can give you some peace of mind.

That said just try to be more careful and enjoy your pregnancy thanks

swooosh Fri 09-Nov-12 20:43:17

The Kid will be alright....don't feel baaaaaaa'd

Brugmansia Sat 10-Nov-12 02:46:58

Don't worry, the risk is tiny and to the point of possibly being non-existent. Testing in commercial cheese production should be pretty rigorous, so the likelihood of cheese contaminated with listeria being sold is negligible.

Early in my pregnancy (I'm now 28 weeks) I looked into this quite a bit and as a result decided not to exclude any cheeses or most of the other "banned" stuff and have been eating pretty much everything. Instead I focus on general good food hygiene instead.

Isandri Sat 10-Nov-12 17:40:44

Just pretend you're in Denmark with me smile the baned food list in Denmark is very short... No ginger and no pâté. Everything else is fine, soft cheese, smoked salmon anything you want.

specialknickers Sat 10-Nov-12 17:53:00

Ginger isandri, why? In the UK some pregnancy supplements contain ginger... weird. Slightly worried now, DH has put it in the curry tonight!

IWantToGoToThere Sat 10-Nov-12 19:43:17

How odd re ginger - over here, it's apparently the only 'cure' for morning sickness (but it doesn't really work!)

Southerngal32 Sat 10-Nov-12 20:09:20

Thank you all for your replies, you have helped put my mind at rest. Now let's see what else I can stress about for the next 6 months or so!

DoodleAlley Sat 10-Nov-12 20:22:32

Ooh how come no ginger isandri

redyellowgreen Sat 10-Nov-12 21:11:33

If you look at the (very rare) cases of listeria over the last few years were triggered by, cheese and salad are rarely the culprits: seem to remember bagged popcorn was on the list... (might not help with general calmness, but should help with cheese-related panicking!!).

Babies are tough - you and it will be fine smile

Isandri Sun 11-Nov-12 11:31:53

Lol I knew someone would comment in the ginger. When the doctor and midwife told me no ginger i looked at them in shock and said "what about morning sickness?"

In Denmark they think ginger effects brain development. Over here you take vitamin b6 for morning sickness.

I live ginger but on the plus side only have two things in the banned list makes things easy. Runny eggs are viewed as being very good and I can eat rare steak.

I crave smoked salmon and shellfish when pg, I only buy the better quality and don;t eat anything bivalve (just prawns/langoustine) but we each determine our own risks and what we are happy with. I don't drink in pg but I know people who do, does that make you feel better?

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