Q&A: Is it ok to eat cream cheese when I’m pregnant?

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So you’ve ditched the brie and camembert but as you go to scoop a slather of cream cheese from the tub, you begin wondering if it’s safe to eat during pregnancy.

Ok, so I know soft cheeses are off the menu, but what about cream cheese? Cream cheese on a bagel is my treat breakfast once a week and I really don’t want to give it up for the next few months.
– Cindy, Mum’s Grapevine Summer 2018 Baby Group member

There’s no need to put cream cheese in the no-go zone during pregnancy, it’s perfectly safe. That because it’s not actually a soft cheese but a cheese spread, and also it’s been pasteurised.

The NSW Food Authority does remind us that cream cheese needs to be stored in the fridge, and while pregnant, you should try and use it within two days of opening the pack. So unless you’re having major cream cheese cravings, buy the smaller tubs.

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