Which Cheese Are Unsafe During Pregnancy

Feta, brie, goat's milk cheese and Mexican-style cheeses such as queso fresco are common ingredients in many gourmet dishes and traditional Hispanic cuisine.
But the cheeses in their unpasteurized, or raw, form are a delicacy that could be dangerous to a pregnant woman and her unborn baby, says Dr Kevin Magee, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Unpasteurized cheese and other raw dairy products and meats could be contaminated with listeria, a bacteria that can cause serious infections and complications during pregnancy.

"Don't think that just because you use the cheese at home that it's safer. It's not," Dr Magee says. "We recommend that our patients wash all raw vegetables, thoroughly cook all meat products and avoid any unpasteurized cheese or milk products.

"Finally, if you plan to eat leftovers, thoroughly heat them."PregnancyAndBaby.com

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