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We often get asked if there are any cheeses that are safe to eat during pregnancy and the answer is yes! The following advice is taken directly from the NHS website.

Generally hard cheeses are safe to eat during pregnancy, even if they’re made with unpasteurised milk. Although it’s possible for hard cheeses to contain listeria bacteria, they’re in such low numbers (less than one bacterium per gram of cheese) that they’re not considered to be a health risk to you or your unborn baby.

Cheeses that we stock in The Pangbourne Cheese Shop which are considered to be safe to eat whilst pregnant are Cheddar, Emmental, Gouda, Gruyère, Jarlsberg, Parmesan & Stilton.

There are also other types of cheese that are safe to eat during pregnancy, as long as they’re made from pasteurised milk. These include Mozzarella, Feta, Halloumi and some types of goat's cheese.

Pregnant women are advised to avoid eating mould-ripened soft cheeses and soft blue-veined cheeses. Examples of these cheeses include Brie, Camembert, Chèvre (a type of goats’ cheese), Danish blue, Gorgonzola & Roquefort.