Cheese During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Cheese is delicious, but unfortunately not all of it is safe for Baby. Learn which kinds of cheese you can eat and which you should avoid during your pregnancy.
-You know what's so freaking delicious? Cheese. But is it safe for you and your baby-to-be? Well, sometimes yes and sometimes no. Let me break that down for you. Pasteurized cheese is made with milk that's been heat processed to kill any harmful bacteria that might have been in it. Check labels to make sure they say pasteurized and don't worry about hard cheeses like cheddar, parm, Swiss, or gouda. Those are always okay to eat. Raw or unpasteurized cheese like some blue cheese, brie, or feta might be delicious, but they haven't always been heat processed and can contain freaky bacteria like Listeria, Salmonella, or E. coli. Double check labels on softer cheeses that are more likely to be made with raw milk. And if you're at a restaurant or deli and can't read the label, skip the softies just to be safe. Overall, heat kills all the nasties, so cook it up. Once it's all melty and bubbly, it's safe even if it was raw to start with. I think you'll have what I'm having.
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