Prosciutto, along with most other deli meats, are unfortunately one of the food groups that you’re encouraged to avoid throughout pregnancy. This is because even though the meats are cooked and/or cured, the risk of bad bacteria growing on them is increased as they are stored in what we call the ‘temperature danger zone’. This is the temperature range in which bacteria are more likely to thrive. In order to make sure you and your baby are the only ones thriving, cut out the charcuterie boards for a bit and remind yourself that the heartbreak is only temporary.
As with some other meat and dairy products, the risk of foodborne illness decreases when foods are thoroughly cooked, so you might be able to get away with having some crispy prosciutto on your salad or risotto from time to time. Try and opt for nitrite/nitrate-free1 versions if you can find them.