This Is How Much Brie You Can Have While Pregnant, Because You’re Not Ready To Give Up That Cheese Plate

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Is cheese the ultimate comfort food? It definitely gets my vote. As a pescatarian, cheese was a major source of protein (and pleasure) during my pregnancy. But not all cheeses are created equal, and soft cheeses, like gooey, delicious brie, require special consideration when you’ve got a baby on board. Wondering how much brie you can have while pregnant? You’re not alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listeria outbreaks are often linked to soft cheeses like brie, camembert, and queso fresco. Listeria is a leading cause of death from foodborne illness in the United States, and pregnant women are 10 times more vulnerable to listeria infection than the rest of the population. Listeria isn’t like other bacteria in that refrigeration — and even freezing — won’t kill it. Only heat will do, noted Foodsafety.gov. Listeria may lurk in deli meat, refrigerated smoked seafoods, refrigerated meat spreads, and raw sprouts, in addition to unpasteurized dairy.

Romper spoke with registered dietician and fitness expert Anita Mirchandani about such risks, and how best to protect yourself and your baby. She notes, “The issue with…

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