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Sep 2, 2009 11:52 AM

Pre-pregnancy feast

Has anyone done this before or have suggestions?

I'm trying to put together a menu, not too daunting, to comprise as best possible foods one can't eat once pregnant. Foie gras is a definite. Soft cheeses will need to make an appearance, particularly brie. Smoked salmon too. Hmmm...anything with uncooked egg. Obviously copious wine to wash it all done!! Might save sushi for a separate meal.

Anyway, this is the weirdest menu I have ever contemplated so thought I'd throw it out there and see what bites. Thanks.

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  1. I'd say tartare for those who are into it (not I!).

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    1. re: Normandie

      that was the first thing I thought of when I saw this topic, or even better Ethiopian Kitfo (spicy as well as raw)

    2. I'm pregnant right now... so I will live vicariously through this post!

      I'll add: pate, any type of cold cuts/lunch meats (like prosciutto). Perhaps cocktails to start? Enjoy!

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      1. re: mangosteens

        Oooo - prosciutto. Can you not have prosciutto? Definitely have to add that too then.

        1. re: cookie44

          I miss sushi. I miss wine. I miss soft cheeses. I miss paoched eggs. However, oddly, what I miss the most are sandwiches. Roast beef and swiss. Turkey and fresh mozzerella. Ham and swiss on a bagel.

          1. re: Justpaula

            Wait, you can't have a meat and cheese sandwich? It's been a long time since I've needed to know these things but I had no idea!

            1. re: fern

              No cold cuts because of listeria. I was tempted to make a roast beef today, but I realized it would not be the same.

              1. re: Justpaula

                Everyone has to do what makes them feel comfortable, but I have 2 very healthy kids (almost 5 and almost 3) and I ate cold cuts when I was pregnant. Not roast beef, because I don't like it, but I definitely ate virginia ham and turkey. And I also ate smoked salmon. Because I love it, and I craved it. And we are all fine.

                1. re: valerie

                  Cold cuts have no impact on how your children are now. The fear is listeria, which when contracted by most people brings a list of ailments that healthy people can generally fight off. However, though there are just a few thousand cases of serious illness from it in the U.S. each year (i.e. it is relatively rare), pregnant women make up 27% of deaths from it. If you are pregnant, you are more likely than a non-pregnant person to contract it, and you are also more likely to die from it. Moreover, even if the mother survives, there is a relatively high chance she'll miscarry. Again, it doesn't happen a lot, but the disease is just so much worse for pregnant women and fetuses that it should be avoided at all costs.

                  I'm not saying this to be hysterical, only to convey the data as it stands.

                  That being said, no reason why a person craving these things can't roast their own beef and turkey at home and make a yummy homemade version!

                  1. re: Cachetes

                    When I was pregnant, I would heat my lunchmeat in the microwave and then let it cool for a minute or two. Not quite as tasty, but helped me to satisfy the sandwich cravings. Also, try an italian stromboli with no sauce- it saved me on the many occasions where I craved an Italian Hoagie.

                    1. re: jessicheese

                      You made me think of a fried ham sandwich.

                      Fried ham, fried ham
                      Cheese and bologna
                      And after the macaroni
                      we'll have onions,
                      pickles, and pretzels.
                      And after that we'll have some more fried ham
                      FRIED HAM! FRIED HAM!

                      Anyone else remember this song?

                      1. re: fern

                        Takes me right back to Girl Scout camp! I remember it well.

                      2. re: jessicheese

                        Jessi, you must be in Philly right? I haven't heard stromboli in probably 20 yrs...

                        1. re: hankstramm

                          LOL- yes I am! I didn't know stromboli was a regional thing. You can't get it?

                          1. re: jessicheese

                            I've seen it in Hawaii. And we have it in Alaska. I also was not aware that it was a regional thing...

                        2. re: jessicheese

                          You can heat your store-bought cold cuts for a few minutes in a microwave to kill and possible listeria, then refrigerate it again. One way listeria is spread is by poor sanitation on meat cutters, so it won't come back. So don't write cold cuts off!

                          I was also warned that it can be present in hotdogs (via the processing plant) and a horror story from a woman in one of my pregancy groups whose small dog died from uncooked contaminated hotdogs made me extra careful to avoid hot dogs while dining out, and make sure mine at home were very well heated.

                          As Cachetes says, it's nothing to mess around with, but you also don't have to swear those foods off as lnog as you treat them properly.

                        3. re: Cachetes

                          "Cold cuts have no impact on how your children are now."

                          I never said eating or not eating cold cuts has anything to do with how my children are now. But I had 2 easy, very uneventful pregnancies, healthy children, and I ate cold cuts on occasion and smoked salmon.

                          It's not scientific data, it's my story. Again, everyone's got to do what they feel comfortable doing.

                          1. re: Cachetes

                            Thing is, though, my doc. told me you're as likely to get listeria from several other sources, like a frozen yogurt dispenser for example. I am careful about lunch meat too (second pregnancy), but every time I stick my sandwich in the microwave I think it's a little silly given that I probably unknowingly eat other things just as if not more risky. And I wonder how many of those listeria cases are positively traced back to lunch meat?

                            Also, I'd skip the soft cheese for the OP's menu and go for raw milk cheese. As far as I know, soft cheese is absolutely a-ok during pregnancy as long as it's made with pasteurized milk.

                            1. re: Cachetes

                              Homemade roasted turkey, pork, and beef is SO much tastier than what is generally available in the deli, and miles better than any of that pre-sliced stuff in packages. It also saves a lot of $. Just be sure to brine well before roasting!

                          2. re: Justpaula

                            If you give the meat a good zap u can eat 1 serving a day.

                            1. re: DishDelish

                              The only listeria link is with PACKAGED cold cuts. There is no reason to deny yourself. Bake a ham and slice it. Roast beef and slice it. Cook a chicken or turkey or whatever and slice it. Put the slices in your freezer to thaw as needed. This is easier, cheaper and more delicious, too!

                            2. re: Justpaula

                              Listeria is destroyed by heat. You can put the ham into the microwave and it will kill off any potential contamination... this isn't just my say-so, it was in the 'preparing for pregnancy' books I read! You could nuke your ham until it steams and then make a grilled ham and cheese sandwich and eat it in perfect safety.

                    2. Are you allowed coffee these days? I vote for coffee desserts of any kind.

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                      1. re: JEN10

                        1-2 cups a day. And I mean cups ... not 2 grande or vente coffees, lol. Many pregnant women get nauseaus and can't stomach it though. I couldn't stomach coffee during my first pregnancy.

                        1. re: DishDelish

                          I always made 1/2 & 1/2s, half regular, and half decaf. Limited it to 2 cups.

                          1. re: Phurstluv

                            I had many people recommend this to me, and I actually did a couple cups of decafe during my 1st, but for some reason I usually get really bad head aches from decafe coffee. I'm not sure why?

                            1. re: DishDelish

                              The headaches may be because of the chemicals used in the decaffeination process. Try coffee that has gone through a water process instead.

                              1. re: DishDelish

                                Maybe the headaches were as a result of the lack of your usual caffeine fix? I am a one cup a day coffee person, but get a ferocious headache if I miss that one cup.

                                So glad my pregancies were long enough ago that cold cuts, coffee, cheese, foie gras (liver paste/pate were actually recommended as a source of iron that did not constipate) and even wine in moderation were all okay.

                                1. re: LJS

                                  I don't think so because every time I have decaf I get a headache, I've noticed a pattern. I don't drink coffee enough anymore to have a reaction when I skip it but I know what you mean because I had a horrible addiction to it back in College.

                        2. Make sure that you don't have any lasting effects from this feast, like parasites or tapeworms or Hepatitis. Good Lord, now I have heard everything.

                          Well, let me suggest carpaccio, while we are at it. Nice appetizer. And wine. Lots of it.

                          1. If you are into spicy-hot food (I'm not) go for it.

                            Don't forget the Champagne. It is after all a celebration !

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                            1. re: souschef

                              Yes, another vote for champagne, or whatever alcoholic beverage is your favorite. I had a craving for a beer during the first trimester of my last pregnancy.