Can You Eat Soft Cheese While Pregnant?
No. Hard cheeses like asiago and Parmesan are fine to eat, but stay away from soft cheese (especially imported feta, Gorgonzola and the like) to eliminate the chances of contracting listeria. (It’s that same bacteria deli meat can carry.) If you’re feeling bummed, whipping up some cheesy Waffle Fry Nachos might cheer you up.
Can Pregnant Women Eat Fish?
Maybe. Don’t worry just yet, seafood lovers! Not all seafood is off-limits. Fish that contain higher levels of mercury, however, such as bigeye tuna, swordfish, shark and king mackerel shouldn’t be eaten during pregnancy. Make salmon for dinner instead.
Psst: It’s also best to steer clear of these fish while breastfeeding, along with these foods.
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Can You Eat Undercooked or Raw Meat?
No. It might come with obvious risks since it’s not fully cooked, but eating raw meat is most definitely a thing, and it’s considered a delicacy by some. When you’re expecting, though, undercooked and raw meat aren’t great options—even if steak tartare and rare steak offer flavors like no other—since the meat can contain harmful bacteria.