When you're pregnant, it's safe to eat brie and soft blue cheeses if they're cooked. It's important to make sure the cheese is thoroughly cooked until it's steaming hot all the way through.
Some types of soft cheese may contain listeria bacteria, so pregnant women are advised not to eat them. It's not certain the cheese will contain listeria, but there's a higher risk than with other types.
Cheeses to avoid include:
Listeria bacteria can cause listeriosis, which usually leads to flu-like symptoms and diarrhoea. However, it can cause serious problems, such as miscarriage or stillbirth, or severe illness in a newborn baby.
Thorough cooking should kill any bacteria, so it should be safe to eat cooked soft cheeses, such as baked brie or deep-fried camembert, or dishes that contain them.
Hard blue cheeses, such as stilton, are safe to eat without cooking.
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