Verified by Dr. Patricia Shelton
Dr. Patricia Shelton, MD, holds a Doctor of Medicine degree and a bachelor's degree in neuroscience, both from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Eating out is a common occurrence for pregnant women.
Some studies found that nearly 60% of pregnant women in the United States ate at least one meal away from home per day.
But when it comes to eating at restaurants while pregnant, some places are better than others.
Let’s talk about one of our all-time favorites – Firehouse Subs. Is the food there safe for pregnant women?
Can you eat firehouse subs when pregnant?
The short answer is no. Firehouse subs are known for their delicious, hearty sandwiches containing deli meats like ham and bacon. Unfortunately, you have to avoid deli meat at Firehouse Subs during pregnancy. Medical professionals advise pregnant women to avoid deli meats unless they are heated to an internal temperature of 165℉. It is because deli meats often contain listeria, a type of bacteria that can cause food poisoning.
Listeria can be specifically dangerous for pregnant women because it may lead to a serious infection that can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature delivery.
Moreover, Listeria infection can be passed on to the baby, which could affect their blood or brain.
More importantly, deli meats can also contain high levels of sodium, which is generally not good for you or your baby.
So, while Firehouse Subs may be one of your favorite places to eat, it’s best to avoid it during pregnancy.
Besides that, Firehouse Subs’s food is safe for pregnant women as the restaurant uses high-quality ingredients.
You can always have Firehouse Subs Salad with either grilled chicken or a vegetarian option and the soup of the day. The servers are usually happy to modify sandwiches to make them safer for pregnant women.
Does Firehouse cook their meat?
Firehouse Subs do not cook their meat. All of their meats are steamed, though. They are proud of this process because it allows the natural flavors of the meats to shine through.
If your cravings are intense, take the Turkey Breast & Provolone sandwich, hold the mayo, and ask them to heat up the meat.
Is there an alternative to Firehouse Subs?
For a safer alternative to Firehouse Subs during pregnancy, try these restaurants instead:
- Chick-fil-A with their variety of salads, wraps, and fruit bowls.
- Subway, where you can get a veggie delight sandwich or a salad with chicken on it. Just hold the mayo and cheese.
- Panera Bread has a variety of soups, fresh salads and sandwiches made of deli meat that has been heated to 165℉.
- Papa John’s with their several vegetarian pizzas and healthy toppings.
So, can you eat Firehouse Subs when pregnant? No, not if you want to avoid deli meat. You can be facing some risks like food poisoning or premature delivery.
However, you can ask them to heat the meat to make it safer. If you’re looking for a safe alternative to Firehouse Subs during pregnancy, try Chick-fil-A, Subway, Panera Bread, or Papa John’s.
Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider before eating out while pregnant.