Is It Safe? Eating Soft Cheese

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eating soft cheese while pregnant

Mmmm....

I love cheese. All kinds. But that most definitely includes soft goat cheese, runny Brie, and crumbly Blue. All things I was bummed at the thought of giving up when I found out I was pregnant.

Turns out that -- for the most part -- having to 86 soft cheese from your diet is one of those lingering pregnancy health myths. (Thank goodness!)

The possible risk is food poisoning from a bacteria called Listeria -- it can be harmful or even lethal to unborn babies, and it's a potential threat in products made from raw milk (also hot dogs and deli meats.)

The FDA has ruled, though, that cheese made from pasteurized milk is fine for pregnant women to consume. Be sure to read the label, and avoid imported, mold-ripened, raw-milk cheeses that have been aged less than 60 days -- those are where the real risk lies, although it's unlikely that you'll encounter these in the U.S.

For preggos who like to play it extra-safe, the CDC still warns that you steer clear of Brie, blue-veined cheeses, and queso fresco -- but hot, even those are OK. Cream cheese, cottage cheese, and ricotta are generally considered fine, too.

As long as I knew the cheese was made from pasteurized milk -- per my midwife -- I happily ate all of the above while pregnant.

As always, talk to your doctor about health questions and concerns.

What about you? Are you skipping the soft cheese or leaving it on the menu?




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