Soft cheeses can contain listeria bacteria
that cause an infection called listeriosis.
To avoid this risk, pregnant women
are advised to not eat mould-ripened
soft cheese such as Brie, Camembert,
mould-ripened soft cheese made
with goat’s milk, and others with
a similar rind.

You should avoid soft blue-veined cheeses, Including:

• Danish blue
• Gorgonzola
• Roquefort

Soft cheeses like this are less acidic
than hard cheeses and they contain
more moisture. This means they can be
an ideal environment for harmful bacteria,
such as listeria, to grow in.


Listeriosis infection is usually
caused by eating food
contaminated with listeria
bacteria. Pregnant women
are vulnerable to getting
listeriosis because
hormonal changes during
pregnancy weaken the
immune system, the body’s
natural defense against infection.
Although infection with listeria
is rare, it’s important to take special
precautions in pregnancy. Even a mild
form of the illness in a pregnant woman can
cause miscarriage, stillbirth or severe illness in a newborn baby.

Cheeses you can eat

While you’re pregnant, it’s safe to eat hard cheeses such as Cheddar or Cheshire, if in doubt ask your One to One midwife for guidance.