Four types of cheese you can eat during pregnancy

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Are you expecting a baby and wondering about the types of cheese you can eat during pregnancy? Make sure you read our latest post

When you find out you are pregnant, you quickly find out there are certain types of food that you are advised to avoid during pregnancy, because of the potential harm to your baby. And sadly for cheese lovers, some are included on the list.

'But I love cheese, how will I cope without it?!' We hear you cry. And we feel your pain. If you are a big a fan of cheese as we are, then the idea of going without it for nine months is enough to send you into a hangry rage.

Pregnant women are advised against eating certain types of food due to the risk of listeria, a bacterial infection. While it is advice against a potential risk, even a mild form of listeria can lead to pregnancy complications and possibly miscarriage.

But it’s not all bad news; there are a lot of cheeses you can eat during pregnancy (although, sadly, you might have to wait a while for the wine to go with them).

So here are the types of cheese you can eat during pregnancy, as well as the types you can't:

What cheese can’t you eat during pregnancy?

1. It’s recommended that you don’t eat mould-ripened soft cheese, such as camembert or brie

2. It’s also recommended that you don’t eat cheese made from unpasteurised milk

3. Mould-riped blue cheese, like Danish blue, gorgonzola and Roquefort are also a no. This is due to the amount of water in the cheese, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria

Here are four types of cheese you can eat when you’re pregnant

Hard cheeses: Any hard cheese is safe to eat during pregnancy, even if it’s made with unpasteurised milk. This includes cheddar and parmesan. Hard cheeses don't contain as much water as soft cheeses, so bacteria are less likely to grow in them. It's possible for hard cheese to contain listeria, but the risk is very low.

Soft cheese made from pasteurised milk: This includes feta, halloumi, mozzarella, cream cheese and processed soft cheeses like Dairylea, ricotta, Boursin and cottage cheese

Blue hard cheese: This one might surprise you, but on our list of cheese you can eat during pregnancy is hard blue cheese – like Stilton – which is fine.

Baked cheese: And the final entry in our list of cheese you can eat during pregnancy is...cooked cheese! Cooking food at high temperatures should kill the bacteria, so it’s OK to eat cooked mould-ripened soft cheese, such as brie and camembert and cooked soft blue cheese, such as Roquefort or gorgonzola, or dishes that contain them. It's important to make sure the cheese is thoroughly cooked until it's steaming hot all the way through. We love this recipe for baked camembert.

Remember to always check with the NHS website or as your doctor or midwife if you’re unsure about anything.

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