Q&A: Can I eat cooked soft cheese when pregnant?

Can I eat cooked soft cheese when pregnant?

High on the ‘don’t eat during pregnancy list’ are soft cheeses like brie and camembert (sigh), but what about those gooey baked wheels of cheesy goodness?

I’m craving soft cheese so badly! My hubby suggested baking a wheel of brie and having it as a dip – would this be ok? Please say yes!

Frankie, Mum's Grapevine group member

It’s good news for ladies craving cheese! Midwife Andrea Fallon from Wholehearted Family Health says while soft cheeses straight from the fridge are definitely off the menu, baked cheeses get the thumbs up.

“Some types of soft cheese may contain listeria bacteria, which can cause listeriosis, an illness that usually has flu-like symptoms but can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth. Therefore during pregnancy women are advised not to eat them. Thorough cooking, however, should kill any bacteria, making it safe to tuck into cooked soft cheeses, such as baked brie or deep-fried camembert, or dishes that contain them.”

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