10. Blue Cheese
Another popular type of cheese that doesn’t make the cut of cheeses that are safe to eat when pregnant is blue cheese. Blue cheese (and other soft cheeses like Camembert and Mexican-style cheeses like queso fresco and queso blanco) can lead to foodborne illness. These products (like feta cheese and brie cheese) are generally made with unpasteurized milk which has often been linked to Listeriosis.
Listeriosis is a harmful and potentially fatal infection that can lead to miscarriage, severe illness and even stillbirths. Instead, opt for pasteurized cheeses like mozzarella and cottage cheese. Or, check the labels at your local grocer or market because it is possible to make blue cheese with pasteurized milk. You may luck out and find one, but make sure it blatantly says the cheese is pasteurized on the label – there’s no benefit to taking the risk when the potential harm to your unborn baby can be severe.
There are several other foods that pregnant women should avoid eating. These include, but are not limited to, certain types of sushi (which often contains raw fish), unwashed vegetables (always wash all of your vegetables thoroughly to reduce the risk of listeriosis) and alcohol.
Always consult with your doctor if you have questions during your pregnancy.
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