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How to Cook Lunchmeat When You're Pregnant

author image Melynda Sorrels
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.
How to Cook Lunchmeat When You're Pregnant
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Cold lunch meat is just one more thing on a long list of things you’re told to avoid during pregnancy. Processed meats such as hot dogs and lunchmeat pose the threat of introducing harmful bacteria to your already compromised system and can possibly result in an infection known as Listeriosis. Listeria monocytogenes are a common bacteria found almost everywhere in nature and is easily killed with heat. This bacteria can pose a potential problem for the expecting mother and child, so cooking things such as lunchmeat is important to avoid getting ill.

Step 1

Wash your hands with warm soapy water and dry them off with a clean towel to prevent spreading germs while handling food.

Step 2

Take the lunchmeat out of its packaging and set it onto a plate.

Step 3

Place the plate into the microwave and set it to high heat.

Step 4

Cook the lunch meat in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on how much you are heating. Keep a close eye on it as it cooks.

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Step 5

Check the temperature of the lunch meat with a meat thermometer. Lunchmeat needs to be heated to 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill parasites and bacteria before it is safe to consume.

Step 6

Remove the lunchmeat from the microwave for immediate use.

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