Cheese During Pregnancy
It is a question that every expecting women asks that ‘Is it safe to eat cheese during pregnancy?’.
Well, cheese is great source of calcium, and many varieties are safe to eat in pregnancy. However, some cheeses aren’t safe to eat, because of potential growth of bacteria such as listeria, which may harm your unborn baby.
It is really important that you know What to eat when pregnant and What not to eat when pregnant.
Dircetly coming to the point:
Safe cheese during pregnancy
Yoghurts: probiotic yoghurt and milk drinks, fromage frais, soured cream and creme fraiche, including natural, flavoured and live versions.
Hard cheeses: double gloucester, edam, emmental, caerphilly, cheddar, cheshire, derby, smoked versions, English goat’s cheddar, feta, gouda, gruyere, halloumi, havarti, jarlsberg, lancashire, manchego, orkney, paneer, parmesan, pecorino (hard).
Soft cheese if made with pasteurised milk: cottage cheese, cream cheese, feta, garlic and herb roulade, goat’s cheese without rind, mozzarella, processed cheese such as cheese spread and cheese segments, quark and ricotta.
Unsafe cheese during pregnancy
Blue-veined cheeses: roquefort and tomme, bergader, bleu d’auvergne, danish blue, dolcelatte, blue wensleydale, shropshire blue, gorgonzola, roncal.
Mould-ripened soft cheeses (pasteurised and unpasteurised): taleggio and vacherin fribourgeois brie, blue brie, cambozola, chaumes, chevre (goat’s cheese with a white rind), pont l’eveque.
Soft, unpasteurised cheese: pyramide and torta del cesar, goat’s and sheep’s cheeses chabichou.
Some of these cheese are also a cause of Toxoplasmosis, which is extremely bad during pregnancy.