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During pregnancy, the quality of nutrition is essential for both the health of the mother and the baby. Calcium from dairy, for example, is essential as long as it is taken in the right amount. But, can you take any dairy? Are all cheeses, desserts or sauces made with milk healthy? In which case can eating cheese be extremely dangerous?
Nutrition and food safety are always important, but during pregnancy and breastfeeding they are even more so. At this time of our life we tend to be more careful with our diet, because we know that what we eat affects not only our health, but also that of our baby.
Christmas is a time of celebrations, parties, meetings and meals at the home of friends and family around tables served with multiple dishes, traditional menus and foods of which we do not know the origin or the way in which they have been prepared.
Frequently, among the starters, next to sausages and seafood, there are many assortments with varieties of cheeses from all geographies. In addition to dishes with meat and fish accompanied by sauces prepared with dairy products, and homemade desserts that may contain milk, yogurt or cheese.
Cheeses and dairy products, always with pasteurized milk
If you are pregnant, you must take extreme precautions, be very alert and do not eat any cheese or dairy because not all are the same: if you are not one hundred percent sure that the milk used has been really pasteurized, do not take them.
Do not eat milk, cheese, sauces, creams, yogurts or homemade ice creams if you are not absolutely sure that they have been prepared with pasteurized milk, because if the milk used is raw it may be contaminated with bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes, a microorganism that is only destroyed and eliminated at temperatures of more than 70 degrees or by pasteurization, very dangerous for your baby, which can be transmitted during pregnancy or at the time of delivery, causing infections to the newborn.
Contaminated foods can be raw milk, cheese made with unsterilized milk, raw or undercooked meat, raw vegetables, cold cuts, fresh or under-aged cheeses, or pâtés.
During pregnancy, it is advisable to drink milk and dairy products such as cheese, but always read the labels before consuming them.
And if you do not have the label at hand, if they are desserts or homemade dishes, if you have any questions, do not take that cheese, that sauce or any other dairy derivative.
IF you have doubts about what to eat and under what conditions, consult your gynecologist or a nutritionist. At Women's, we will provide you with fully personalized advice that adjusts to your lifestyle, your needs or special regimens according to your circumstances, all with the security provided by the experience and specialization of a medicine totally based on evidence and scientific bases.
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