Most cheeses are perfectly safe to eat during pregnancy and can provide a good source of calcium and protein. However, unpasteurized cheeses should be avoided while you are pregnant because they can carry food-born illnesses that may be harmful to an unborn baby.
Avoid eating soft cheeses, which are not clearly labeled as pasteurized or made with pasteurized milk. Some examples of these cheeses include: blue cheese, feta, brie, queso blanco, queso fresco and camembert.
Cheddar, mozzarella, cottage cheese, Swiss, provolone, Parmesan and other hard cheeses are generally considered fine to eat and enjoy during your pregnancy. Be on the safe side and stick to the cheeses you know to be safe for your baby, and remember, it’s only for nine months.
If you would like more information about a safe diet during pregnancy or to schedule an appointment with an East Jefferson General Hospital OB/GYN, call HealthFinder at 504-456-5000 or visit us at www.ejgh.org.