Frequent question: What happens if you eat feta while pregnant?

The main risk of eating feta cheese, or any soft cheese during pregnancy, is that it can contain a harmful type of bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes that can be very harmful to your unborn baby.

Can feta cause miscarriage?

Feta cheese itself will not cause miscarriage. It’s the listeria that could be in unpasteurized feta that poses the problem, rather than the feta cheese itself. Anyone unlucky enough to contract listeriosis from unpasteurized feta cheese during pregnancy might face some serious risks, one of which is miscarriage.

Is most feta pasteurized?

In the U.S., nearly all fresh (unaged, rindless) cheese—like mozzarella, fresh goat cheese/chèvre, ricotta, or feta—is pasteurized. It also means that 99 percent of soft, creamy, spreadable cheeses are pasteurized. Think Laughing Cow, Brie, Camembert, or Taleggio.

What happens if you eat unpasteurized cheese while pregnant?

Unpasteurized soft cheeses may contain dangerous bacteria including the one that can cause fatal tuberculosis, and another one called Listeria, which can cross over into the placenta and lead to infections or blood poisoning in the baby, or even miscarriage.

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What happens if you eat listeria while pregnant?

During the first trimester of pregnancy, listeriosis may cause miscarriage. As the pregnancy progresses to third trimester, the mother is more at risk. Listeriosis can also lead to premature labor, the delivery of a low-birth-weight infant, or infant death.

Can I eat a Greek salad while pregnant?

Feta and halloumi

These salty ewe’s milk cheeses are safe to eat in pregnancy. Try a Greek salad of crumbled feta over mixed leaves, cucumber, tomatoes and olives. Make sure you choose a variety that’s made from pasteurised milk.

How do you know if you have listeria pregnancy?

Symptoms of listeriosis may show up 2-30 days after exposure. Symptoms in pregnant women include mild flu-like symptoms, headaches, muscle aches, fever, nausea, and vomiting. If the infection spreads to the nervous system it can cause a stiff neck, disorientation, or convulsions.

Why can’t pregnant eat feta cheese?

Soft, unpasteurized cheeses like feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined cheeses, and goat — as well as ready-to-eat meats like hot dogs and deli meats — may contain Listeria, bacteria that cause mild flu-like symptoms in most adults but can be very dangerous for unborn babies.

Can you eat feta while pregnant Australia?

Pregnant women should avoid foods such as soft or semi soft pasteurised white cheeses (e.g. brie, camembert, feta, blue, mozzarella, ricotta) unless thoroughly cooked, unpasteurised dairy products, oysters, pre-packed salads and soft serve ice cream.

What cheese can pregnant ladies not eat?

Don’t eat mould-ripened soft cheese, such as brie, camembert and chevre (a type of goat’s cheese) and others with a similar rind. You should also avoid soft blue-veined cheeses such as Danish blue or gorgonzola. These are made with mould and they can contain listeria, a type of bacteria that can harm your unborn baby.

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Is feta in restaurants pasteurized?

On the whole, restaurants do use pasteurized feta, though of course, there’s a small chance that a local deli, Greek restaurant or other smaller places may use feta made with raw milk.

Can you have Philadelphia when pregnant?

I am pregnant, can I eat Philadelphia? Philadelphia is a pasteurised product. Pregnant women are advised not to eat un-pasteurised cheese.

Can a fetus survive listeria?

Healthy people rarely become ill from listeria infection, but the disease can be fatal to unborn babies, newborns and people with weakened immune systems. Prompt antibiotic treatment can help curb the effects of listeria infection.

What are the odds of getting listeria?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 1,600 cases of listeriosis in the United States each year. But only about one in seven cases—or about 200 cases per year—occur in pregnant women, out of nearly 4 million pregnancies every year.

Can you get listeria in first trimester?

Listeriosis in early pregnancy presents a unique challenge for the infectious diseases clinician. Up to 30% of L. monocytogenes infections in pregnancy result in stillbirth, miscarriage, or preterm labor, and approximately two thirds of surviving neonates are infected (4).