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Q&A: Soft cheeses during pregnancy?

Can I eat soft cheeses?  I read somewhere that they're bad for you during pregnancy -- is this true?

Re: Can I eat soft cheeses?  I read somewhere that they're bad for you during pregnancy -- is this true?

The Bump Expert Well, kind of. It’s not the cheese itself that can be harmful; it’s the process that’s used to make it. Before you chow down on the cheese, check the ingredient label and make sure it’s made from pasteurized milk. Unpasteurized cheeses can contain disease-spreading organisms that’ll put you and baby at a higher risk for getting sick. They also can carry listeria monocytogenes, deadly bacterium that are more likely to affect pregnant women. Pasteurization is what kills this nasty bacteria (along with other bad organisms). Varieties like Brie, feta and goat cheese are most likely to be pasteurized in the United States, but it's always worth it to double check. Just make sure to read the label before you buy!

Paula Kashtan

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Nearly every piece of brie, feta, and goat cheese i've found in the supermarket has "pasteurized milk" as its first ingredient. The only places i've found unpasteurized cheeses are specialty cheese/gourmet food stores and fancy restaurants. Chances are, if you're at a party and the cheese was purchased from a supermarket, you're okay.

Buttercup76 |

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what about prepackaged soft cheese like laughing cow?

njkitty |

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Does anyone know about laughing cow??

kgain |

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What if the soft cheese are cooked? If they are say stuffed in chicken and the entire thing goes into the oven, is it OK to eat?

RN536 |

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Laughing Cow is a pasteurized cheese so it is okay to consume.

cwilbeck |

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Any soft cheese that is made from pasturized milk is fine :) Yaaay!

FirefightersBride |

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What about spinach dip at a resturant? They use sour cream? Is this ok?

mom2B082309 |

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I had feta cheese last night not knowing it wasn't ok. I bought it at a local pizza shop. Now I am concerned since I read this, do you think this will be ok?

allsmiles05 |

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Allsmile05, you will definitely be just fine. I highly recommend Dr. Michael Broder's book, The Panic-Free Pregnancy, which I found through an article by Lesley Porcelli who writes for Gourmet magazine. Her articles are great, as well. Basically, as Buttercup76 said in her post, most of the cheeses you come across will be pasteurized. It's extremely rare in the US for unpasteurized cheeses to be sold, and a feta from your local pizza place I am sure would be pasteurized. You just won't come across too many cheeses here that are not. :-)

kmb265 |

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I'm almost 100% sure that you are NOT supposed to eat bleu cheese... for the same reasons, but I've never checked to see if it was pasteurized or not?? I just know that I've been told NO Maytag :*(

farrellashleigh |

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I just found out that I am pregnant, about 4 weeks now. I love chicken finger pizza with bleu cheese and had a couple pieces last night. I just found out that I shouldn't have. Does anyone know if I will be ok or more importantly will the baby be ok??? Please help!!?

Chicky5801 |

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A good rule of thumb is to only eat cheese you've purchased from the grocery. You don't know if a restaurant is using pasteurized or not, so you shouldn't eat soft cheese when out to dinner.

brougfa |

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It is actually illegal in the US to have an unpasteurized cheese aged under 60 days. The only place you are going to find them are specialty gourmet shops that are ok dealing in "black market" cheese. Soft cheeses (brie, fresh goat cheese, feta, etc.) are all aged under 60 days. It's more important to check for more aged cheeses. I don't believe the hype about raw milk cheeses though. I think if you are eating a raw cheese from a trusted producer then it should be fine. I'm not a doctor but I feel if it were such a huge problem European women would never procreate. :) Just my 2 cents.BTW most blue cheeses are made from raw milk. Just double check your labels!

YayJanee |

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what about ricotta cheese?

bmejia78 |

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I have been wanting brie for a while, but since it was on the No-no list, I have not indulged. I did look at the labels at trader joes, and most of their cheeses say Pasteurized. Since I know that their brie is pasteurized I might get some this weekend.

mchris9111 |

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It is pretty safe to say that most cheeses made in the us are pasteurized.... even bleu and feta, the only time to be concerned is if it an imported cheese. then all you need to do is check the lable. Most stores and restaurants us cheese made in the us, imported cheese is usually expensive

ajk821 |

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What about cheese flavored crackers like parmesan garlic triscuits it doesn't say the cheese is pasturized it just says cultured? Or what about cheetos?

aer3592 |

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Someone else asked before but I didn't see an answer - is ricotta ok? I am going out for italian tonight and love the cheese ravioli at this place but am concerned about the ricotta. I don't want to ask the waiter because my friends dont know I'm PG :)

bliss611 |

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As an added comment, make sure you do not eat any soft cheeses, or really any refrigerated food, that is more than 7 days old. Lysteria is a bacteria that can grow in the cold temperatures of a refrigerator, but it takes at least 7 days since the food was made or opened to grow to a level that would be unsafe. It's a nasty bug that affects pregnant women particularly severely.

leighzlou |

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The reason unpasteurized cheeses should be avoided is due to the risk that they may contain listeria (also found in deli meats). Listeria is killed at a temperature of 160 degrees, which is achieved during pasteurization. Cheese Crackers & Cheetos: There is no risk of listeria in these products, as they have been cooked to the proper temperature, contain pasteurized cheese, and are highly processed. Ricotta cheese is made by heating the whole milk and cream or whey with and acid such as yogurt or lemon juice to a final temperature of about 205 degrees F, which kills listeria. It is highly unlikely that you will ever come across unpasteurized cheese in the U.S. unless specifically seeking it out. The avoidance of soft cheeses during pregnancy is an antiquated overhyped rule.

lpstl |

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My doc told me its fine. It was like a 1 in millions case that you can get listeria, so if we worried about all the bacteria and disease out there we would have to live in a bubble.

rant03 |

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Louis Pasteur invented pasteurization in 1862. So what happened to all the babies before that? There is still a human race. A lot of the stuff people say today about what is safe and not safe is just ridiculous and based on assumptions and not scientific fact.

Akasha1978@aol.com |

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We have all heard about Listeria outbreaks in the news with cheeses and deli meats. It is a scientific fact that Listeria poses a risk to everyone especially pregnant women, you CAN get sick and it can also lead to a MISCARRIAGE so why would you take the risk?!! I love soft cheeses, and some labels do not say whether the milk is pastuerized or not so I avoid them all together. An assumption here can lead to regret later. Is is really that hard to wait until after the pregnancy to eat foods that have the potential of causing harm?!! The level of risk is not important, the PRESENCE of risk is. To knowlingly eat something that can potentially make me or my baby sick is irresponsible and not an option!

Yummy-Mommy |

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I think someone else asked this before, but I didn't see an answer. Is it okay to eat unpasteurized cheeses if they've been cooked? Wouldn't baked brie be safe? Also, have you heard anything about hummus? I've been eating a ton of it and I just read it can be a good environment for listeria. That makes me sad.

raincoat16@yahoo.com |

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the rule is as long as its pasturized . i asked my doc .

mercedesjane |

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All cheese in the United States (unless it's homemade) is either pasteurized or aged over 90 days, which kills the bacteria. I've talked to many cheese experts about this. It's all safe. Just look out if you leave the country and don't eat homemade cheese (which can not be sold in stores) In the end, it's all up to your comfort level.

bohemianbeauty7 |

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Some soft cheese are made from pasteurized milk which can contain Listeria, a harmful organism that can cross the placenta to your baby. Just be sure to check the labels of foods before you buy or eat them to make sure it is made from pasteurized milk and it should be fine. If you are not sure, don't be afraid to ask the store where it is being sold.

amrosenbaum@viterbo.edu |

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What about cheese (Paneer) in Indian foods? Any idea about that? I had some and then realized I probably shouldn't eat it but would like to know the truth since it tastes good.

karen_hodson |

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Don't spazz over what happened before you knew better. Nothing you can do about it now. Now that you know, wait on anything questionable until it won't harm your baby. Just avoid soft cheese and deli meat and taking care of the kitty litter and drinking alcohol of any kind and everything else that can hurt your baby, simple. And don't ask other people with as much knowledge as you have whether it's okay - ask a professional, somebody who either has the knowledge him/herself or knows where to find a definitive answer. Don't trust your child's health or your own to people that may answer without knowing what they're talking about, or have "it didn't hurt anything with MY only experience with it" stuff. You may not have been seriously injured when you fell off the scaffolding, but why tell people that it's okay to climb up there without safety equipment and use of caution and common sense? Eventually somebody's not gonna be so lucky when they fall.

Scooby1970 |

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My husband and I work for a cheese manufacturer and there are primarily two types of cheese making processes (to over simplify it): Processed and Natural. Most natural cheeses are pasteurized with the exception of some of your more gourmet cheeses (as Paula mentioned below). Processed food is classified as any food that is altered from its natural state, which includes milk. Pasteurization is simply a process to slow the microbial growth in food. All processed cheese is pasteurized as part of the overall cooking process (161 degrees for 15-20 seconds). Although, processed cheese is typically not as good for you as natural cheese. You can buy 2% and reduced fat but the percent of actual cheese solids in these cheeses is debatable. Reading labels is very important and if you are unsure, the best bet is just to skip it for the time being.

chasityryan |

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It is highly illegal to bring unpasteurized milk into the US. I don't see how it is legal to bring in cheese made with unpasteurized milk then...

Kady96 |

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soft cheeses are a big no-no. I'm in medical school and whenever I learn about microbiology it comes up. I believe staph aures can also be found in soft cheeses such as custards. stay away.

limbylimb |

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I eat soft cheese all the time and had no problems. I guess everyone is diffrent

taytay2000 |

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Seriously, I think this is ridiculous. Do you think all Dutch and French women don't eat soft cheeses throughout pregnancy? I would bet a lot of money that they do and there are plenty of Dutch and French people still around. This is just another thing we Americans are overly concerned about. You should be more concerned about undercooked pork and chicken as those will actually make you sick. I have eaten soft cheese since being pregnant and haven't had any problems. In fact, I crave brie.

cheers2302 |

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I agree with some PPs. I ate soft cheese all throughout my last pregnancy with no problem. The thing is, if I were to fall ill, I would tell the doctor immediately I had eaten cheese or sushi, or raw eggs, etc. So that the proper treatment could be given. There are many more things to worry about in pregnancy than a possible infection from cheese that is most likely pasteurized anyway. JMO!

tfitz77 |

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no i think

january29th2011 |

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I ate without issue

mdwstrnNYer |

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What about activia? Is that safe to eat during pregnancy? I keep forgetting to ask my doctor! Any advice?

steer1 |

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I work with a pediatrician who told me that ALL cheeses in NZ are pastuerized - so I eat some every now and then, still keeping in mind to eat small amounts occasionally.

earoha |

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what about queso fresco or queso panela?

lisamarie1979 |

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My doctor told me that the only diet restriction is "no more than 1/2 lb. of seafood a week". I asked her if she was serious because of all of the "no-nos" I'd read about diet. She looked at me and said "it's not true". I take it as everything in moderation is fine.

dacarver |

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Was told better safe than sorry - no soft cheeses such as brie, goat cheese, blue cheese because the likelihood of getting bacterial infections increases.

flowapowa |

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where does cream cheese fall into this??

mommy2be426 |

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no

snair11 |

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i did not see any one answer for laughing cow cheese i love the garlic Swiss one. its my number one addiction at the moment. Is it safe?

Wigcelia |

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they said laughing cow is fine. My doctor advised no Queso Fresco or Blanco

MustanGTbaby13 |

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Someone asked about processed cheese crackers and cheetos. I know they are a problem for the cheese issue, but I definitely dont want my baby eating that stuff, definitely not in the healthy growing catagory. I feel much safer eating raw milk cheese than any processed junk food. People have been born forever on real food, but junk food is new and not ideal for anyone.

justinduke |

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this has nothing to do with cheese, but i learned your not supposed to eat ceasar dressing or hollindaise sauce, unless it is made with an agg substitute and not actual egg. hollindaise sauce and ceasar dressing is made from raw egg so it has certain bacterias that are especially dangerous to pregnant woman.

morgiepoo91 |

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Only homemade Ceasar and Hollindaise are a problem because most sold in stores and commercial restaurants are not made from raw eggs. I am curious if the cheese dip they serve in mexican restaurants is ok to eat, I am addicted that stuff! I know some Mexican restaurants use White American cheese in their sauce, but some use Queso.

WeWearCombatBoots |

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Someone here made a comment about French & Dutch women eating soft cheese. I live in France and ALL health care providers here say to stay away from unpasteurized cheese when you are pregnant, in fact some have even said that its best to stay away from blue cheese even if they are pasteurized. Please don't give medical advice based on assumptions.

MaVieEnFrance |

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I am sitting here laughing at all this because I just bought some Laughing Cow Cheese and THen I realized that it was a soft cheese and I am hesitant to eat it because it is soft however I do know that as long as it is pasteurized it is safe to eat. My mothere is actually from The Netherlands and I lived there as well for a little while but my Mom says that back in teh day they didn't say you couldn't eat unpasteurized cheese deli meat hot dogs etc. But now that more research has been done and times are different especially in the way these things are prepared it is just best to do what the doctor said and when you are in doubt about something call your drs office nurse line or your insurance company nurse line and they will be more than happy to answer any questions.

tcan06 |

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i just eat a lot of cream cheese i don't know if it's pasteurized or not, is it ok???/ i'm 5 weeks pregnant and so worried right now

almon12 |

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just re check the packaging, thank God it's pasteurize. next time will check them more carefully. i'm a first time mommy to be , i don't know what kind food or drink i should or shouldn't eat. can somebody help me

almon12 |

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Make sure you read the package. I had been buying (and eating) my regular Organic CHEDDAR cheese purchased from a typical chain grocery store until I realized the label said it was unpasteurized!

dtkerwin@hotmail.com |

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hvnsangel702 |

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As long as it's pasteurized it is fine. The only ones that are a definite NO-NO are the cheeses with visible mold, such as bleu cheese.

RachyD |

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I asked my doctor about the foods you're not "supposed to" eat at the beginning of my pregnancy and she told me that you're not that much more likely to get sick while pregnant than you are while not pregnant (only a slightly lowered immune system) and that if foods didn't make you sick before, you're probably okay to eat them while pregnant. Just be aware that certain food poisonings could lead to miscarriage/defects. This pregnancy and my first pregnancy, I've eaten all kinds of cheeses (though I don't think any have been unpasteurized), sushi, deli meats, mayo, salad dressings, etc. I have never gotten sick or had any issues. Its not worth it to stress over all the little things that could go wrong and restricting your diet so much. TONS of things are possibly not good for pregnant women and their unborn babies. Most food packaging, including metal cans, have BPA, veggies are sprayed with pesticides and often improperly washed, and pretty much any meat, dairy product, fruit, or vegetable can have bacteria that can be harmful to you or the baby. Please, please don't be so paranoid about everything while you're pregnant. Yes, there is always a slight possibility that you could get sick and/or lose the baby. There is also a slight possibility that your baby could fall while learning to walk, hit his or her head and die. Anyone out there planning on not letting her child learn to walk? I'm not trying to be callous. Just remember that there are risks involved in everything. Nothing is guaranteed. And you have to eat. So just do your best and don't obsess over it.

miraworker |

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My #1 pregnancy craving is blue cheese, and I was freaking out because I thought I wasn't going to be able to eat it! But I have gotten the A-OKAY from three separate doctors, AS LONG AS IT IS PASTEURIZED!! Which most are in the U.S. Ask your Pizza Parlor if you could see the container in which their blue cheese comes packaged in if you are that concerned. Better safe than sorry! My new must have....blue cheese stuffed green olives from Safeway. YUUUUUM! :P Lol

phillipxisxneat |

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I'm SERVSAFE Certified (food safety for restaurants)..... As long as the cheese is pasteurized or cooked to a certain temperature it is fine. Which in most restaurants you can be sure the proper temps are reached....It's called the temperature safe zones. I know we use them in ours.

missi0284 |

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i was told NOT to eat ANY soft cheese by my wic nurse or any meat like even steak that was not fully cooked

clhorton25 |

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every cheese in the supermarket that i've seen lists the first ingredient as pasteurized milk. i'm eating gorgonzola as i write this. i've eaten feta and brie as well. as long as it's pasteurized the bacteria that can cause harm is killed. just check the label before you eat it. cheese has been one of my biggest cravings so i made sure to research this and ask my doctors about it.

kellikb17 |

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The reason people tell you to avoid soft cheeses is because some of them are unpasteurized. Pasteurization is essentially cooking the food before it is sold to you. This process kills bacteria and the one of concern here is listeria. HOWEVER, there are only 2500 cases of listeria in the US every year. The people who are affected by this bacteria are suffering from weakened immune systems. I personally do a lot of things to boost my immune system, including getting adjusted by a chiropractor, taking prenatal vitamins, getting regular moderate exercise, eating healthy, getting 8 hours of sleep, and drinking lots of water. As a result, I drink raw milk and eat raw cheeses because of the benefit of the healthy bacteria for your gut as well as the greater bioavailability of the unaltered proteins. Most people who are lactose intolerant are simply experiencing an inflammatory response to the proteins that have been altered by cooking. I recommend doing what makes the most sense for you. Everyone is different.

cjstanleys |

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Ricotta Cheese... I saw that question up earlier. I recently read as long as the Ricotta chees is cooked you'll be fine.

freyauna@gmail.com |

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What about Mozzerella? Usually at the deli they have it floating in water and I don't know whether or not it's pasterized. I know it's used on a lot of foods including pizza so I'm assuming it should be fine. Anyone know for sure?

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My doctor told me today that Feta cheese is fine, obviously Greek people eat a lot of Feta and have healthy babies. He said just sprinkle it on what you are eating, just don't eat the whole block of cheese, same with Blue Cheese.

rastone85@aol.com |

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The thing about bleu cheese is not exactly the pastuerization process, but that it contains actual mold cultures. I LOVE buffalo chicken salads with bleu cheese dressing, but my doc told me it's best to lay off until after the birth. As for other cheeses she gave the green light on any other cheese that is patuerized (So I can still nosh on my goat cheese brie with aplles...yummy!)

GreeneyesP |

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Follow these food safety tips: Do not eat soft cheeses such as feta (goat cheese), Brie, Camembert, blue-veined cheese, Roquefort, Mexican soft cheese, queso blanco, queso fresco, queso do hoja, queso de crea, and asadero. If you do use these soft cheeses they should be cooked until boiling. Use hard cheese, such as cheddar, Swiss, and Colby. Also, soft cheeses like mozzarella, pasteurized processed cheese slices and spread, cream cheese, and cottage cheese are safe to eat. Be sure to use dairy products that are pasteurized and labeled. Clean your refrigerator regularly. Use perishable, ready-to-eat, and precooked items as soon as possible. Make sure your refrigerator always stays at 40 degrees or below. Listeriosis may cause flulike symptoms with fever, chills, muscle aches, diarrhea, and upset stomach. It can take a few days or even weeks to appear. Consult your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms or believe you have eaten a contaminated product. Here's a list of common cheeses that are safe to eat while pregnant: American Boursin Cheddar cream cheese cottage cheese Edam Emmental Gouda Gruyere Halloumi Havarti Jarlsberg manchego mascarpone mozzarella paneer parmesan pecorino provolone sour cream ricotta yogurt any cheese that says "processed" any cheese that says "pasteurized"

CrystalBerger |

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Follow these food safety tips: Do not eat soft cheeses such as feta (goat cheese), Brie, Camembert, blue-veined cheese, Roquefort, Mexican soft cheese, queso blanco, queso fresco, queso do hoja, queso de crea, and asadero. If you do use these soft cheeses they should be cooked until boiling. Use hard cheese, such as cheddar, Swiss, and Colby. Also, soft cheeses like mozzarella, pasteurized processed cheese slices and spread, cream cheese, and cottage cheese are safe to eat. Be sure to use dairy products that are pasteurized and labeled. Clean your refrigerator regularly. Use perishable, ready-to-eat, and precooked items as soon as possible. Make sure your refrigerator always stays at 40 degrees or below. Listeriosis may cause flulike symptoms with fever, chills, muscle aches, diarrhea, and upset stomach. It can take a few days or even weeks to appear. Consult your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms or believe you have eaten a contaminated product. Here's a list of common cheeses that are safe to eat while pregnant: American Boursin Cheddar cream cheese cottage cheese Edam Emmental Gouda Gruyere Halloumi Havarti Jarlsberg manchego mascarpone mozzarella paneer parmesan pecorino provolone sour cream ricotta yogurt any cheese that says "processed" any cheese that says "pasteurized"

CrystalBerger |

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what about like cheese spreads, like the port cheddar and cheese balls for holidays?

soapymk |

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is parmigiano reggiano okay?

chachita1718 |

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is it safe to eat blue cheese salad dressing?

penelope2060 |

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My suggestion for you is to talk to a few restaurant supplies companies and try to order only the healthiest food while pregnant. That will give you a big advantage and we all want that, don't we?

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jerryms |

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The soft cheese question has me a little bit perplexed. My doctor says absolutely no soft cheeses (except cottage cheese and cream cheese are fine). I've read that you can be tested to see if you are resistant to the bacteria, but it doesn't seem that my OB/GYN offers this test (I asked). My Mexican friend grew up on a dairy and makes her own queso fresco from unpasteurized milk, and has 5 healthy boys without ever having a problem. Mexican women I've spoken to have never heard of this problem with soft cheeses, but I did run into one lady in the supermarket who had to go to ER with stomach pains. The doctors told her it was from eating soft cheese. I tend to err on the safe side in my pregnancy, so I'm staying away from soft cheeses. I did have some feta on a pizza. It was cooked until the crumbles were brown on the edges, so I figured it was safe to eat. I feel even better about this, reading the posts that say most feta is pasteurized. I ask for mozzerella instead of feta on my salads (where the cheese is not cooked). Before I became pregnant I drank raw milk from my cow and made raw cheese without problem. I'd bet I have resistance to the bacteria, but I wouldn't go so far as to bet my baby's health on it! After all, it's not all that long to give up eating soft cheeses.

AmandaV75 |

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PASTURIZED CHEESE IS OK GEESH. In North America, cheese is pasturized, read the label, if it says pasturized, you can have it. It won't do anything to your baby. just look at the package!!!!!!!!!!! It will tell you if it is pasturized or not. If it doesn't and you are in doubt, then avoid it. At restos its a big harder if they use fancy cheese or whatnot, just ask the waiter. But, for gods sake just enjoy your pasturized cheese and even ask your doc. They know the score, pasturized is fine, some of the answers on here are fear mongering and ridiculous. You aren't going to kill your baby, it makes them sound uneducated. read the label and you it will have all the answers for you. Also, commerically made sauces, dressings etc. will have pasturized eggs in them, so they are also safe.

esalyi |

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As long as the soft cheeses are pasteurized..you are fine.:)

amyspiegl |

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the short is answer is yes. all cheese that is imported or made in the US has to be pasteurized or thermalized thus killing off the so called bad bacteria.

hezzah |

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sure it will harm you as well as your baby and for best suggestion you should consult a doctor.

harun55 |

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I just got the green light from my midwife on any pasteurized cheese, and anything that is not pasteurized but aged at least 60 days. So basically almost any cheese sold here in the US. ;-) I am SO pumped that I get to continue my chevre habit, so long as it's pasteurized. My usual source is a small farm that may or may not pasteurize their cheese, but aforementioned midwife raises goats and makes pasteurized chevre, so at least I have a backup plan! :-D

Puck1182 |

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as long as it is pasteurized :)

ldyeager |

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Laughing cow is fine, it is made from processed cheese. No unpasteurized dairy there, however you may want to consider the chemical make up of a laughing cow wedge. It's pretty processed.

meghan.herget |

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Yes

Rlock924 |

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FYI: the feta used at TGI Fridays is pasteurized. I had them bring the container out to me to check because I kept craving their wedge salad last pregnancy

mamathefox |

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You should call 1-800-733-4727 with any questions you have about having a healthy pregnancy. They helped me figure out what to do when I was in the same boat! It is confidential and 100% free and the genetic counselors and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable! They can tell you about all of the cheeses and meats that are and are not safe for you to consume right now. Good luck!

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