Can I eat cheese when pregnant?

Is soft unpasteurised cheese (roquefort, danish blue, gorgonzola) to eat while pregnant?

Avoid

Unpasteurized dairy products may contain listeria. This bacterium can cause an infection called listeriosis. Soft cheeses with a white coating on the outside have more moisture, which can facilitate the growth of bacteria.

Risks

Listeriosis

Is Soft pasteurised cheese (brie, camembert, blue, ricotta, mozzarella, feta) safe to eat during pregnancy?

Yes, but..

They generally should not be eaten uncooked while pregnant. However, they are OK to eat in small quantities if purchased in the manufacturer’s original packaging and eaten immediately after opening. Do not reseal to eat later, and do not eat if cheese has been repackaged in a deli or supermarket as it may have become contaminated.

Benefits

Eating cheese and dairy is important during your pregnancy because they contain a lot of vital nutrients such as protein, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D, which support my growth and the development of my nervous system and bones.

Risks

Listeriosis

Is hard cheese (cheddar, parmesan) safe to eat when pregnant?

Yes

OK to eat but remember to store it in the fridge!

Benefits

Eating cheese and dairy is important during your pregnancy because they contain a lot of vital nutrients such as protein, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D, which support my growth and the development of my nervous system and bones.

Can you cottage cheese (cream cheese) halloumi while pregnant?

Yes

Delicious! Buy in sealed packs; eat cold or cooked within two days of opening pack.

Benefits

Eating cheese and dairy is important during your pregnancy because they contain a lot of vital nutrients such as protein, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D, which support my growth and the development of my nervous system and bones.