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Health Information For Parents
I love to eat cheese but I’m pregnant. And I know that there are some cheeses that pregnant women shouldn’t eat. Which ones should I avoid?
Soft, unpasteurized cheeses like feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined cheeses, and goat — as well as ready-to-eat meats like hot dogs and deli meats — may contain Listeria, bacteria that cause mild flu-like symptoms in most adults but can be very dangerous for unborn babies. Listeriosis, the infection caused by the bacteria, can cause miscarriage, premature birth, or severe illness or death of a newborn.
When made from pasteurized milk, most soft cheeses are considered safe to eat during pregnancy. That goes for other cheeses made from pasteurized milk too, such as cheddar, American, cottage, and cream cheeses. Hard cheeses are generally considered safe in pregnancy.
Whatever you buy, always make sure the label says “pasteurized” on it, and talk to your doctor if you aren’t sure about a certain cheese.
To eat well during pregnancy, your extra calories should come from nutritious foods that contribute to your baby’s growth and development.
Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by eating contaminated food. It mostly affects pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. Here’s how to protect your family.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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