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HELP! Just ate Mexican cheese dip...

So I totally forgot that you aren't suppose to have the queso dip from the mexican resturants.  I ordered a dish that had chicken, shrimp, and rice covered in the cheese sauce.  I ate about 7 bites before I realized it.

Is this harmful for my baby?  I am 6w3d along and am terrified of having a miscarriage.  Could this possibly cause one?

Re: HELP! Just ate Mexican cheese dip...

  • Why would this be bad? 

     

     

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  • Don't worry, listeria really isn't THAT common. I sneak salads with bleu cheese here and there and the occasional cold sub. I think we all play listeria roulette now and again. Really, you and your baby are gonna be fine.
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  • You should be fine, the main reason you are supposed to avoid certain foods is your immune system is lowered during pregnancy and you are more prone to food borne illnesses.  Don't stress. 
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  • Everything that I have read said you aren't suppose to eat unpasteurized cheese and that the cheese dip from Mexican restaurant is unpasteruized.  It could cause Listeria.
  • Thanks guys.  That makes me feel better.  I went into hyperventilation mode there for a few hours!!!!

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  • Okay-

    2 things

    1. If it is sold in the US it is most likely pasturaized

    2. You need to relax.  A little Mexican dip is not going to hurt anything.

     

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  • Unless you are starting to get actual stomach issues, I wouldn't worry. The stress you inflict upon yourself is way worth for the baby than the probably completly fine cheese dip. Yes, pasteurized would have been better, but unpasteurized does not automatically mean contaminated.

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    Everything that I have read said you aren't suppose to eat unpasteurized cheese and that the cheese dip from Mexican restaurant is unpasteruized.  It could cause Listeria.

    Unless you drove down to Mexico for dinner the cheese was likely pasteurized

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    imagesugarababy27022:
    Everything that I have read said you aren't suppose to eat unpasteurized cheese and that the cheese dip from Mexican restaurant is unpasteruized.  It could cause Listeria.

    Unless you drove down to Mexico for dinner the cheese was likely pasteurized

    ..and was melted, therefore cooked. 

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  • If I'm not mistaken, many of these warnings are for "queso fresco" which is an unpasteruized white cheese. 

    https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/nutrition/safe-pregnancy-eating/ 

    If what you ate was a yellow cheese dip type cheese, these are made from pasteurized cheeses (mostly Velveeta/American type) and to top it off, they are cooked (cooking kills the bacteria of unpasteurized cheese).

    I've eaten queso 2 times in the last few weeks (and a lot of it I might add!!) and had no issues.

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  • Most cheeses sold in this country are pasteurized. The only kind I have ever noticed that was not was a gourmet imported cheese at Whole Foods. I eat feta and bleu cheese all the time on salads. It says right on the container that it is made from pasteurized milk. Don't stress!
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  • I'm not sure about the cheeses since all cheeses I like aren't an issue.  I do know that Listeria can be really bad in a pregnant woman because it can spread to the baby and kill the baby.  I don't know that it's always the case if you get Listeria, but I certainly don't want to take that chance!
  • I have had queso twice this week....yum!  

    I feel sorry for anyone who thinks cheese dip is going to cause a m/s.  Seriously, just use a bit of common sense.  It is cooked, so it ought to kill any bacteria.

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    If I'm not mistaken, many of these warnings are for "queso fresco" which is an unpasteruized white cheese. 

    If found in Mexico.  The commercially available white mexican cheeses such as queso fresco and queso blanco are almost always pasteurized in the United States.  I buy queso blanco quite frequently at both Walmart and a local Mexican market and I've always gotten pasteurized versions.

    Also, most states have laws requiring the use of pasteurized cheeses in restaurants.  Chances are, any good establishment isn't going to take a risk anyways.  Just don't eat any white cheese off of a taqueria truck...

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  • Even the white queso you get at mexican restaurants is okay, because (a) it's cooked, and (b) it's actually made of cheddar cheese and cream (at least those are the ingredients listed on the can of white queso I inhaled the other day). 
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    imagesugarababy27022:
    Everything that I have read said you aren't suppose to eat unpasteurized cheese and that the cheese dip from Mexican restaurant is unpasteruized.  It could cause Listeria.

    Unless you drove down to Mexico for dinner the cheese was likely pasteurized

     

    This.  I had some queso last night in fact.  I know it's hard not to freak out about food issues when it seems like the list of what you can't eat is 10 feet long.  But, you really can eat most things.  For example, I'm still eating deli turkey a couple of times a week at home.  I microwave it until steaming first though.  Happy and healthy 9 months! Big Smile

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  • I think I need to order a nice big helping of nachos from the new Mexican restaurant in town---loaded down in yellow and WHITE queso. Yum yum.

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  • wow..the only things i remember my dr ever really warning me about eating was shell fish (which the smell made me sick anyway..) and tuna- which i dont like anyways..i ate white queso dip all the time and probably had subway (cold deli meat) at least 2 or 3 times a month with my last pregnancy..i had absolutely no issue and i have a wonderfully healthy 3 year old to prove it- im not at all worried about the cheese at the mexican restaurant- now im going ot have to make my hubby stop by and pick some up on the way home lol
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  • HAHA..I'm with you, now I'm CRAVING white queso with some cilantro thrown in!  Don't chastize the poor girl for worrying, ladies.  She's being a diligent new mom.  I think the take home message is to always stay calm and do some research of your own.  And remember, over here in the Western world we aren't supposed to eat raw fish during pregnancy but out East do you think they abstain?  What's the m/c rate in these places.  My point is, don't worry.  You're being a good new mama to check into things!  Yay you!
  • Thank You for being nice!

  • :-D  My pleasure!  I don't know what gets into some people some times.  I think the internet lends us to forgetting our manners and being more curt and frank than necessary.  

    Here's to a happy and healthy 9 months!  I have had 3 early m/c so I know about the nerves....onward!  To another joyful day (of back aches, nausea, sore bbs, dizziness..etc!  giggle) 

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