just got a BFP
I heard something about pregnant women eating cheese & it's not supposed to be good for them. I had Mozarella in my wrap for lunch. Do you think this is ok to have? I'm paranoid!
Don't worry - Mozeralla is fine. The cheese you should try to avoid are unpasturised cheeses (such as blue cheese, brie and goats cheese), as they can potentially lead to listeria which is bad for you and the baby. See the sticky at the top (new to P&B for more info), but basically:
Cheeses which are SAFE to eat in pregnancy
Austrian smoked, Babybel, Caerphilly, Cheddar, Cheshire, Derby, Double Gloucester, Edam, Emmental, English goat's cheddar, feta, Gouda, Gruyere, Halloumi, Havarti, Jarlsberg, Lancashire, Manchego, Orkney, paneer, Parmesan, Pecorino (hard), Provolone, Red Leicester.
Soft and processed cheeses:
Boursin, cottage cheese, cream cheese, feta, goat's cheese without a white rind, mascarpone, mozzarella, Philadelphia, processed cheese (such as cheese spread), Quark, ricotta.
Yoghurts (all varieties), probiotic drinks, fromage frais, soured cream and crème fraîche - any variety, including natural, flavoured and biologically active - are all safe to eat.
Cheeses to AVOID in pregnancy
Mould-ripened soft cheeses:
Brie, Blue Brie, Cambozola, Camembert, Chaumes, chèvre (goats cheese with a white rind), Pont L'Eveque, Taleggio, Vacherin-Fribourgeois
Bergader, Bleu d'Auvergne, Blue Wensleydale, Shropshire Blue, Danish Blue, Dolcelatte, Gorgonzola, Roncal, Roquefort, Stilton, tomme, Wensleydale (blue).
Soft, unpasteurised cheese, including goat and sheep's cheeses:
Chabichou, Pyramide, Torta del Cesar.
just got a BFP
Thanks for your help Babystar! i dont like any of that blue veiny stuff anyway
Can someone confirm whether parmesan is ok? I know it's on the 'safe' list there but parmesan is unpasteurised unless you buy the the dried stuff in the tubs. Is it just soft unpasteurised cheese to avod?
i eat cheese everyday and its fine. as long as its pasturised your fine, and most soft cheese is pasturised.
my midwife told me that once the 'unsafe' unpasteurised cheeses are cooked, they are fine
i've eaten breaded camembert since i've gotten preg and i don't worry if it's cooked through
also i'm a goats chesse nut but i'd be iffy about cooking this one properly and anybody who loves it will prob love to hear that m&s have goats cheese slices made with pasturised milk yay!!
I thought if a cheese was made with unpasturised milk it had to say so on the label? If it doesn't say anything I always assume it's pasturised. It's all a bit confusing I must say!
What I've read anyway is that hard cheeses don't support the growth of listeria, whereas even pasturised brie could contain listeria so the main thing is to avoid brie, blue cheese, etc.
i noticed that the unpasturised stuff hasn't a thing written on the label but the pasturised does
you'd think they would write it on the whole lot
Have to say I've eaten the blues and other unpastuerised cheeses from time to time with no ill effects. Felt I'd never got listeria before, why should I start getting it now? Don't eat it every day, maybe every month?
And yes, mostly it does say on the pack whether it is pastuerised or not. Obviously, you'd have ask about behind the counter cheeses.
Yeah i love my cheese - usually the smellier the better