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Would you risk one steak?

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CookingProblem Tue 03-Dec-19 12:16:34

We always go out for steak on Christmas eve, it's tradition. I'll be 32 weeks pregnant This year. I normally get medium rare but would you risk it just once? I'd get it done medium well.

Luxembourgmama Wed 04-Dec-19 22:20:24

I ate rare steak in both pregnancies kids are fine

BlouseAndSkirt Wed 04-Dec-19 22:01:46

Been through the big pregnancy scare Wanda: all consuming worry. I’m glad all was well smile

1Wanda1 Wed 04-Dec-19 10:46:01

Many apologies Blouseandskirt for my incorrect recollection of the details of my own pregnancy. In fact, the specific complication I was diagnosed with required a detailed scan and blood tests. I believe that the presence of toxoplasmosis would have been identified by the blood test in the first instance. The scan was to identify other potential issues connected with my condition.

BlouseAndSkirt Wed 04-Dec-19 07:55:57

“then worried myself sick for another 2 weeks until a scan showed baby looked ok. Even then, I was worried about damage to eyesight and other things that couldn't be seen on a scan”
Toxoplasmosis is diagnosed from amniocentesis. It can’t be seen in a scan.

BlouseAndSkirt Wed 04-Dec-19 07:53:49

“At 32 weeks your baby is fully developed, he/ she is just growing. Toxoplasmosis is I longer an issue”

Not true according to this medical paper. It seems that in early pg transmission to the foetus is much less likely but of high risk / impact if it does, while in 3rd trimester transmission (if the Mum gets infected) is 60-80% likely, but the impact lower. The baby may be born asymptomatic, but develop eye or brain problems in childhood or early adulthood.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4046541/

I would steer clear of the steak and avoid houses with cats too. All those kittens in Facebook = fluffy toxoplasmosis risk, (kittens even more risky than cats).

Lotus90 Wed 04-Dec-19 06:35:25

Not sure why you'd risk toxoplasmosis for your baby. Just have the steak cooked well done, problem solved

1Wanda1 Wed 04-Dec-19 06:31:16

And the advice from BillyWilliamV that by 32 weeks, the baby is developed and toxoplasmosis is "most definitely not an issue", is definitely incorrect. Toxoplasmosis, caught earlier in pregnancy, can cause more serious defects, or miscarriage, but toxoplasmosis caught later in the pregnancy can still cause damage to the baby, such as damage to the retinas, causing sight loss or blindness.

1Wanda1 Wed 04-Dec-19 06:28:26

I had a steak that was cooked medium at about 20 weeks pregnant. I then worried and worried about it and wished I hadn't. At 28 weeks, I was diagnosed with a problem which can be associated with toxoplasmosis. I then worried myself sick for another 2 weeks until a scan showed baby looked ok. Even then, I was worried about damage to eyesight and other things that couldn't be seen on a scan.

My baby was born absolutely fine. However, eating that steak definitely wasn't worth the worry, and I've never really enjoyed a steak since.

lifeisgoodagain Wed 04-Dec-19 06:20:20

But then I ate cheeses, shellfish and raw fish - my best friend is Japanese and she ate it (before I was pregnant) at the time no one mentioned it was an issue, likewise my French friend scoffed at the cheese advice, listeria is very very rare from cheese (salad bags are more risky!)

lifeisgoodagain Wed 04-Dec-19 06:07:55

Never heard of that, I ate rare steak pregnant with mine

Idroppedthescrewinthetuna Wed 04-Dec-19 06:04:33

I wouldn't have it medium rare, but if you are going put for a meal I would tell the waiting staff to tell the chef you are pregnant, they should then cook it to what is safe for you.

Honeybee85 Wed 04-Dec-19 05:48:09

I also didn’t because of toxoplasmosis risk.
I have friends who did take the risk but I could never forgive myself if something went wrong, after all, it takes just 1 piece of raw meat...
You can take a bloodtest to see if you are immune to toxoplasmosis due to a previous infection.

NoGuarantee Wed 04-Dec-19 05:36:35

I would and did.

Also, whoever said you can't eat soft cheese and prawns - you can. You can't eat mould ripened cheese but cooked seafood is absolutely fine confused

Newbie1981 Wed 04-Dec-19 05:18:15

Gosh, def have medium! Its not blue

BillywilliamV Wed 04-Dec-19 05:17:21

At 32 weeks your baby is fully developed, he/ she is just growing. Toxoplasmosis is I longer an issue.
One of the most valuable things they could teach pregnant women is risk assessment!

Crawley65 Wed 04-Dec-19 05:14:29

The risk is small but I’d have something else this year. The nagging worry would take away the pleasure of the meal.

anxioussue Wed 04-Dec-19 05:11:07

I wouldn't personally because of how bad I'd feel if it did happen

Kinsters Wed 04-Dec-19 04:41:37

I got a blood test to see whether I'd already had toxoplasmosis and it was so worth the money. I found out I'm immune already and it removed a lot of worry.

EstebanTheMagnificent Tue 03-Dec-19 19:51:59

I consider any steak cooked medium or more to be a waste of a cow so I didn’t have steak when eating out. I did, however, eat rare steak which I had previously frozen for at least three days to minimise the risk.

Notverygrownup Tue 03-Dec-19 19:24:46

Don't risk it, but get yourself a little notebook. On one page write I O U one medium rare steak. It's a voucher to be cashed in whenever you fancy at any stage in the future, without feeling guilty. Use each page for a different treat - soft cheese, a large glass of wine, a bowl of Chinese prawns - whatever you pass on this Christmas, stick it in your book. Then one day when your little one hasn't slept for a week, it's raining too hard to go for a walk and you have watched The Night Garden on loop for two hours, you dig out your book and choose one of your vouchers to cash in that day . . . .

Spacerader Tue 03-Dec-19 19:23:19

I honestly didn’t even know this was a thing, it has been 13 years since I was pregnant mind. And I can’t really recall eating steak through my last pregnancies.

But, if I was to know I’d go for a medium, anything above that is not worth eating so I’d pick another option. Steak houses tend to do some decent options aside from steak.

LolaSmiles Tue 03-Dec-19 19:22:37

If you have it medium with no blood seeping out then you're probably ok with a small amount of pink, which can go on one side if it's too much.

If you are only going to enjoy it medium rare then I wouldn't take the risk. It's not worth it.

I also second a PP mentioning the Expecting Better book. Someone suggested to me on here and it's been brilliant for reference.

Angelinthenightx Tue 03-Dec-19 19:18:09

I would get it well done,you can have your steak the way u want it once your baby is here,its worth the risk no matter how small the risk is.
I gave up steak when i was pregnant as i like it rare,now i have a lovely 6wk old she was worth giving up steak for.its upto u what u do but it may make u worry.

fonxey Tue 03-Dec-19 16:51:21

It's o one of the did advice i did actually follow. Personally steak isn't worth eatg unless it is properly rare so i haven't had a decent bit of steak for ages.

It's up to you but if have it medium well done if but well done.

Cohle Tue 03-Dec-19 16:48:55

Medium well is fine but personally I'd just order something else because I hate overcooked steak!

The risk of toxoplasmosis is obviously very small by the impact is so severe that I wouldn't take any risks with it personally.

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