Re: Anyone else totally paranoid?
I don't blame you for worrying, but ease up a bit. When going out to eat, seriously, look at the cleanliness of the restroom. That will give you an idea of what condition the kitchen is in( I worked in restaurants. Trust me this is a good gauge). Also, avoid buying foods prepared with mayonaise (macaroni, potato, egg, tuna salad, etc). A friend of mine got Listeria poisoning from eating macaroni salad from a bagel place when she was 6 1/2 months pregnant. She was gravely ill and spent about a month in the hospital. Unfortunately the hospital lab lost her stool sample so they couldn't "officially" label it Listeria although all other symptoms pointed to it and the doctors 100% believed that's what it was. Thankfully her baby was born near his due date and he's healthy. This summer when you're at BBQs and picnics be careful and avoid eating food that's been sitting at room temp for awhile. More than likely, you and your baby will be fine. I think it's good to be cautious but don't stress yourself too much. Enjoy your food!