Can You Eat Cream Cheese When Pregnant

Can You Eat Cottage Cheese When Pregnant?

Cream cheese is one of the most popular foods during pregnancy. It’s easy to make, it tastes good and it doesn’t cause any problems for your baby. However, there are some things you need to keep in mind before eating cottage cheese while pregnant.

The best way to avoid complications is not to consume cottage cheese while pregnant. If you do decide to eat cottage cheese, make sure it’s made with whole milk or low fat milk. Avoid drinking coffee and tea during pregnancy because they contain caffeine which may affect your baby’s growth. Also avoid consuming alcohol since it contains high levels of alcohol and can cause fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).

If you’re still worried about eating cottage cheese while pregnant, don’t worry because there are other dairy products that will satisfy your craving. Mozzarella cheese does not have high levels of listeria and is safe to eat while pregnant. Goats milk is another great option and unlike cow’s milk, it’s often easier on a person’s digestive system.

Can You Eat Cheese When Pregnant?

Cheese is a great source of nutrients for mom and baby. It is packed with high-quality protein and calcium, which are both vital for a baby’s growth and development. There are different types of cheese so it’s important to be aware of which ones you should avoid and which ones are okay to eat.

Soft Cheeses

Most soft cheeses are safe to eat while pregnant, as long as they are pasteurized. Pasteurization is a process that kills harmful bacteria in food. Most soft cheeses like brie, camembert and ricotta are soft unpasteurized cheeses, so it’s best to avoid them. If you really want to eat brie or camembert, make sure it’s been baked or cooked. If you have a strong craving for ricotta, look for a brand that says “pastuerized” on the label.

Semi-Soft Cheeses

Most semi-soft cheeses are safe to consume. Some examples of semi-soft cheeses include: edam, gouda, monterey jack and blue cheese. Blue cheese is a little more risky because it can contain listeria, which can cause miscarriage or stillbirth. If you really want to eat blue cheese, make sure it’s mild blue cheese like gorgonzola. It should also be made from pasteurized milk.

Hard Cheeses

If you’re pregnant and love eating pizza, you can choose from a wide variety of toppings. One favorite is pepperoni, but if you’re concerned about the spicy oils in the pepperoni, feel free to brush the oil off before eating it. Other than that, it’s a great topping for any pizza. Hard cheeses are also safe to eat. Some examples of hard cheeses include: cheddar, edam and swiss.

Be careful when eating these hard cheeses since they can be very high in salt.

Soft Cheeses

If you’re looking for something soft and creamy to put on your crackers, why not try brie or camembert?

These soft cheeses are great for snacking, but there’s one thing you should be aware of. Soft cheeses contain a lot of moisture, and this can promote the growth of bacteria and mold. Most soft cheeses are unpasteurized and they don’t go through any heating process. This makes them high-risk for listeria, which can be fatal to an unborn baby.

If you want to eat a soft cheese, look for ones that are made from pasteurized milk and have been cooked. The high heat kills any bacteria and the added antimicrobial agents in the cheese prevent mold. Some examples of soft cooked cheeses are:

Amish: made from cow’s milk. It’s very low in fat with only 1 gram per ounce and is a semi-soft cheese. It has a mild flavor.

Cream cheese: is made from pasteurized milk, cultured and has no vegetable additives. It’s a softer version of ricotta and has a mild flavor.

Laughing Cow: has 60 calories per wedge and is made from pasteurized cow’s milk. It’s spreadable and not as messy as brie.


While meats are a great source of protein, some can contain harmful bacteria that can make you and your baby very sick. There are steps you can take, though, to decrease your chances of getting sick.

Choose meats that are pink, not red or brown. You can also choose steaks and roasts that have a light pink color in the center instead of the well done center. Well done meat has no pink color at all. Avoid meats that have a green or gray color since this could be a sign of mold.

Make sure your refrigerator is cold enough to keep bacteria from growing. The temperature needs to be below 40 degrees. Check the temperature with a refrigerator thermometer.

If your meat has been in the fridge for a couple days, it’s a good idea to freeze it until you’re ready to cook it. Freezing kills bacteria.

When you buy ground meat, take note of the sell-by date and get rid of it by that time. Don’t save ground meat past its sell-by date even if the package isn’t opened yet.

Cook all meat until it’s brown or gray inside. Make sure that the inside is at least 165 degrees.

Wash your hands before and after handling raw meat to avoid cross-contamination, which can cause illness. Cross-contamination happens when bacteria from raw meat touches a surface that other food will touch. This can lead to someone getting sick.

Once you’ve cooked the meat, you can store it in the fridge for three to four days, or you can freeze it for up to four months.

Poultry isn’t usually a high-risk for listeria, but it can grow mold on its skin. Make sure to remove the skin before cooking the chicken.

When handling raw poultry or its juices, wear gloves. Make sure any cutting boards, dishes, and utensils you use are thoroughly clean since they can’t be cleaned once they have raw poultry juices on them. Use hot water and bleach to clean these items.

The kitchen can be a dangerous place for you and your baby. Follow these tips to stay safe and healthy.

Eat right during your pregnancy

You are what you eat (or not in this case). Eating the wrong types of food can lead to serious consequences when you’re pregnant. It’s best to eat a well-balanced diet during your pregnancy.

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