I should know this by now right? After all, I'm not a newbie to being preggers...but STILL....I always wonder. When I was pregnant with my first, I didn't worry about anything really. I drank whole unpasteurized milk right from the cow We've since moved and are in a State where raw milk isn't sold legally. Anyhow...my question is in regards to cheese...like BRIE! I love brie (and lemon stilton too and was thinking about having a cheese board for dinner this weekend....of course I'd love to add brie to that! mmmm! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! I was even thinking that maybe I'd make it a baked brie in cresent roll dough with preserves or dried cranberries! Mmmmmm! Anyone else hungry now? So, what are your thoughts on cheese? And any ole' soft cheese for that matter....I'm pretty sure most that I can buy here are pasteurized anyhow.
Dylan 4/22/04, Devon 6/24/06,Dorothy 9/13/07, Derek 12/19/09, Daniel 12/18/10, Daphne 2/24/12
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I've found conflicting info all over the internet...I've also asked my midwife AND I have to say that I KNOW the women in France don't give up their cheese Thus I guess my question is...who does and who doesn't around here and why.
I am not a big cheese eater anyway, at least not "exotic" cheese--things other than american, cheddar, provalone, & swiss. We also eat one from the Laughing Cow that is "creamy swiss" and it is good. Brie I'll eat if it's at a party or something, though I only really like the taste of the inside and not the rind. I think if you baked it it would probably kill most of the bacteria anyway. I think pregnancy is not a good time to go trying uncooked or unpastureized food you've never had before, but I think Americans are a little over-paranoid about this kind of stuff. I didn't eat deli meat my whole first pregnancy because of the listeria fear (I know you can eat it if you heat it up, but...I'm not a fan of heated lunch meat), but I ate it during my second because if I didn't eat it, my options of what TO eat were very limited.
I ate Brie and other soft cheeses (and if I had access to unpasteurized stuff, would have eaten that as well) as long as I got them from a good source - like a cheese store or a specialty shop where I knew they had good storage/handling practices (but I do that even when I'm not pregnant). In the US all cheese made from raw milk has to be aged for 60+ days to be sold (well commercially anyway) and that is supposed to be enough time for the bacteria to die off. All imported cheeses that are younger than that must be made with pasteurized milk.
My midwife told me it was fine, the only thing they outright said don't eat was runny eggs (and I only buy pastured eggs from the farmer's market).
I ate cheeses (soft, stinky, hard, ect) with both pregnancies w/out issue. Not daily but often enough. Just made sure it was a good source. I also ate sushi almost weekly so I tend to live on the edge...lol.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
I ate cheeses (brie, feta, etc), deli meats, fish while pregnant. Probably wouldn't eat it everyday or anything, but now and then? Sure!
We use raw milk and I ate all sorts of imported soft cheeses while pregnant with all 3 kids without issue. Love cheese. Healthy babies, all good