It makes sense that you want sausage given the wide range of flavors and variations available. But is it okay to consume when expecting? The short answer is that eating sausage while pregnant is safe. To prevent sickness in both you and your child, you must abide by a few food rules.
Here are some varieties of sausages you can eat without getting sick, some tips for cooking them, and when to notify your doctor if you have any concerns.
Is Summer Sausage Safe for Pregnant Women?
Since summer sausage is typically consumed cold and doesn’t require refrigeration before being opened, it receives a lot of questions. Hickory Farms, Old Wisconsin, and Hillshire Farm are a few well-known brands.
Compared to other forms of sausage, summer sausage often has less water and more salt and nitrates. According to experiments carried out by the University of Georgia and published in the New York Times, this makes it more difficult for germs to proliferate. This doesn’t mean that bacteria won’t develop at all; it only means that it might slow down in some sausage varieties.
It’s important to keep in mind that Summer sausage is a deli meat, and deli meats should only be prepared to a steaming temperature before consumption by pregnant women. For more information on this, see our comprehensive guide on deli meat, which also explains how to make it safer during pregnancy.
The verdict? Summer sausage can be consumed during pregnancy if heated, just like any other deli meat. Don’t freak out if you ate it cold; the likelihood that you’ll become sick is still quite remote. However, it’s often safer to choose the “warm” option.
Why do physicians and obstetricians advise against summer sausage consumption by expectant women?
Although most people find summer sausage to be tasty, pregnant women are advised against eating it. Dried meats are comparable to deli meat in that both might potentially spread the foodborne infection listeria.
Since listeria is a very contagious infection, it is advisable for pregnant women to heat their deli meats or summer sausage before eating it. Listeria is hazardous to both mom and baby if infected.
If properly heated to a steaming temperature, summer sausages are safe to eat while pregnant. Any potential pathogen that might be present in the meat is destroyed by cooking at the proper temperatures. On the other hand, it is advised to stay away from any raw sausages during pregnancy.
Never forget to talk to your doctor before making any dietary adjustments while pregnant or if you have any questions about your food intake.
- United States Department of Agriculture (2020). Check the revised suggested temperatures before cooking meat. https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2011/05/25/cooking-meat-check-new-recommended-temperatures
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My doctor advised me to stay away from salami because it contains the most bacteria. However, I’m not sure if salami and sausage are seen as being essentially the same thing or not. Hmm. A good query!
They’re either cooked or smoked, for sure. I’d consume food sparingly. They are airtightly sealed so that bacteria are not exposed like cold cuts in a deli case.
Interesting. So the packaging is the issue with cold cuts? I wasn’t really sure if the issue was with the meat itself, storage, or anything else. Thank you for the assistance!
You shouldn’t eat hotdogs because they are likewise laden with nitrates. They actually advise against eating your husband, boyfriend, or sperm donor if you’re trying to get pregnant. They are known to nearly double a baby’s risk of developing cancer! I read something similar, at least.
Does anyone know if it’s okay to eat summer sausage while pregnant? After eating some, I immediately began to worry about listeria. I’m an ftm and a worrier by nature.
I’m not sure what the experts say, but I’m okay because I gave my dad a Hickory Farms gift set for Christmas and shared some with him. I’m not sure whether you want my perspective on the sausage because I occasionally eat sushi and consume weekly portions of turkey deli meat. Haha.
Haha! I recently eaten sushi! I picked out the salmon though!! Does that qualify? The sausage will be OK, I’m positive.
Why did you choose the salmon? It’s on my doctor’s “good” list, isn’t it? Unless you simply don’t enjoy it, lol.
Cooked is required. Some people will tell you to avoid all of that, but in my doctor’s opinion, as long as it’s cooked well and consumed sometimes rather than daily, it’s okay.
You must be doing just well. I’m an FTM as well, and I’ve tried to avoid lunch meats and other such things because everyone advises against it, but my closest friend ate hot dogs and similar things throughout her pregnancy and was OK! (Had a boy just in October!) So please don’t worry too much!
I’m not sure, to answer your question. But in my opinion, it won’t hurt to have a small bit. Up until Christmas, when my Grandma made my favorite lebanon bologna with cream cheese and horseradish, I avoided ALL lunchmeat throughout my whole pregnancy. However, I believed a small amount wouldn’t hurt. You should be fine, in my opinion, as long as you don’t consume that kind of cuisine all the time.:)
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When expecting, is Hickory Farms sausage safe to eat?
There are as many different products referred to as “sausage” as there are concerns regarding it during pregnancy. I made the decision to write a comprehensive guide to eating sausage while pregnant because the available information isn’t very clear, especially regarding what constitutes a “sausage.”
Sausage and summer sausage are safe to eat while pregnant. Sausage is often safe to eat while pregnant because it is typically served prepared and hot. When heated, cold sausage, such as summer sausage, is significantly less likely to get contaminated with listeria.
I’m pregnant, but how far along can I eat sausages?
Yes, eating sausage while pregnant is safe. However, just like with any other meat, it must be cooked at the proper temperature for the appropriate amount of time in order to be fully cooked throughout with no juices remaining. Although it is safe to eat, as was previously said, it is not the healthiest option because it can cause unneeded pregnancy issues. It is therefore advised that you speak with your doctor before include it in your pregnant diet.
Is it OK to eat deer sausage when expecting?
Can I consume venison (meat from deer) when pregnant? A: Consuming venison while pregnant is safe. However, it’s crucial to make sure the meat has been completely cooked because venison eaten raw or undercooked has been related to toxoplasmosis.
What kind of sausage is safe to have when expecting?
The best steps you can take to lower your risk of listeriosis during pregnancy are to cook any processed meat until it’s steaming hot (165 degrees F) in a skillet, oven, or microwave, make sure cutting boards are completely cleaned, and maintain your refrigerator at 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Does the sausage from Hickory Farms need to be cooked?
Summer sausages from Hickory Farms are frequently smoked and dry-cured. To get rid of any potentially dangerous bacteria and maintain the product’s safety and stability, lactic acid bacteria are thus fed to the meat. Consequently, since Hickory Farms summer sausage are already cooked when you buy them, there is no need to cook them.
Can I eat bacon while I’m expecting?
Bacon is safe to eat when expecting. Just be careful to properly fry it until it is sizzling hot. In restaurants, stay away from ordering bacon because you never know how it will be prepared.
There are alternatives to bacon made from meat, such as soy or mushroom bacon, if you want to entirely eliminate all dangers. The key to eating anything is moderation.
No one should consume too much bacon. However, there’s no reason you can’t occasionally savor a dish of perfectly cooked bacon while you’re pregnant.
Why am I unable to consume deli meat while pregnant?
When you’re expecting, it’s recommended to avoid eating deli or lunch meats unless the food has been heated to steaming (165 degrees F) just before serving. These meats may contain bacteria, which even when kept chilled, may continue to multiply.
By preserving these meats at a 40°F or cooler temperature in your refrigerator, you can reduce the formation of bacteria in them. However, you must still heat the dish until it is steaming before eating it in order to destroy the bacteria.
It’s safe to consume items that are either canned or shelf-stable, such as smoked seafood or canned chicken or ham.
Pregnant and craving your favorite deli sandwich? You might try the following options:
- Before eating, microwave your sandwich to ensure it is piping hot.
- Before adding deli meat to your sandwich, reheat it in the microwave.
- In your sandwich, consider using a vegan meat substitute or switching the meat out for cheese and vegetables.
Can a pregnant woman have hot dogs?
According to Kara Hoerr, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist, “Hot dogs, similar to deli meat, aren’t safe for pregnant women to eat since they may contain a deadly bacteria, called listeria.”
Can you microwave deli meat if you’re pregnant?
Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen, who is everyone’s favorite social media user, has been experiencing pregnancy problems with her third child. Despite being in the hospital, she continues to post pictures of her favorite foods on social media. In a recent Instagram story, she featured a ham and cheese sandwich that her famous husband, musician John Legend, had made.
Although Teigen has previously admitted that she craves cold cuts during pregnancy, especially late-night Lunchables, pregnant women should avoid deli meats.
To prevent listeriosis, a condition brought on by the bacteria listeria, pregnant women are recommended to stay away from processed meats. Although pregnant women are 10 times more likely than the general population to contract listeriosis, Teigen claimed she has a means to reduce the risk while still satisfying her taste for cold cuts. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Teigen claimed in her Instagram stories that you could genuinely eradicate listeria by microwaving deli meat. It’s a workaround, but you don’t have to microwave it to death. Just a small bit will suffice.
Just why microwave cold cuts? Pregnant women should “avoid eating hot dogs, lunch meats, cold cuts, other deli meats (such as bologna), or fermented or dry sausages until they are heated to an internal temperature of 165degF or until scorching hot immediately before serving,” according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).