Cheese and the Pregnant Pauseby Artisanal Cheese on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 12:08pm ·
A question came up recently; actually this question comes up almost daily:
“Is it okay to eat cheese when you are pregnant”?
The short answer is: Yes, same as it is for everyone else, except that it is not only okay; it is imperative that you eat cheese when you are pregnant.
The questions are frequently centered on raw milk cheeses.
“Which cheeses should I avoid while I am pregnant”? The underlying question is which ones are made from unpasteurized milk?
We do not advise you to ignore your obstetrician of course, yet as I mentioned in a recent post: cheese is not taught in medical school. Obstetricians should certainly know a lot about nutrition, and I am certain that most of them do. My fear is that some of the diet guidelines recommended may be based on incomplete or imprecise science.
One of the pitfalls I encounter with the assumption that pregnant women should only eat pasteurized cheeses is that this gives a false sense of security, as though pasteurization is an absolute, that the cheese is squeaky clean so there should be no concern whatsoever.
I have been asked these questions hundreds of times so I wanted to get to the bottom of it. I also happen to be a parent.