Despite the fact that pregnancy makes repugnance for certain food, pregnancy are renowned for the craving as well. It is one of the best (when you crave for healthy food) or worst (once you crave for non-food items like chalk, soap etc. which is a condition called pica) thing about being pregnant.
Woman eating cheese

What Are Pregnancy Cravings?

An uncontrollable urge to eat some particular food item (some time nonfood items) during pregnancy is called a pregnancy craving. The cravings generally arise for unusual foods, and are often triggered by hormones are playing around in the blood stream. Just like food cravings, food aversions are also equally common. Sometimes, there cravings are so strong that they can change a pukka non-vegetarian to a vegetarian lover or even vice versa.

When Do Pregnancy Cravings Start?

More often than not, cravings start amid the first trimester and specialists think this might be because of the first influx of hormones entering the blood stream. The craving can start just a week after getting pregnant. So at times, it can be an early indication of pregnancy. You don’t generally need to stress over the craving unless they abandon you needing a non-nourishment thing like soil. Usually, the craving will vanish or diminish by the fourth month of pregnancy.

What Causes Pregnancy Cravings?

Craving is the result of the influx of the pregnancy hormones. Another theory is that in most instances it is the call of the body’s need as it feels the lack or reduced level of certain minerals and vitamins necessary during pregnancy. Like, craving for dairy products may be an indication of insufficiency of calcium intake or craving for fruits indicates the need of vitamin c and so on. This explains why the taste impulses changes throughout the gestation period (craving for sweets towards the middle of pregnancy due to the increased demand of calories to craving for salt as the increased blood volume demands more sodium).

Craving For Cheese During Pregnancy

One of the most popular cravings during pregnancy is the irresistible craving for cheese. Cheese is a good source of calcium, which your unborn baby needs for the growth and development of healthy teeth and bones. However, cheese can be hard on your digestive system and can induce constipation.

Is Eating Cheese Safe During Pregnancy?

There are many varieties of cheese. Not all varieties of cheese are safe to have during pregnancy as some of them will probably develop microscopic organisms, for example, listeria, which may hurt your unborn infant. Usually, hard cheese varieties are considered as safe to eat during pregnancy.

Which Varieties Of Cheese Are Not Safe To Eat During Pregnancy?

  • Soft cheese: Soft cheeses are often not pasteurized – a process that kills listeria. Cheeses such as feta, brie and queso fresco fall under this category. Soft blue- veined cheese is also not safe to have while pregnancy
  • Mould-ripened soft cheese: is not safe to have during pregnancy as the moulds with which they are made can contain listeria
  • Soft unpasteurized sheep and goat cheese: Chabichou, chevre, pyramide and torta del cesar come under this category

Varieties of cheese

Which Varieties Of Cheese Are Safe To Eat During Pregnancy?

  • You can eat all hard cheeses, for example, smoked versions, cheddar, parmesan and stilton, regardless of the possibility that they’re made with unpasteurized milk. This is because hard cheese doesn’t contain as much water as delicate cheeses so microbes are less inclined to develop in them
  • Numerous different sorts of cheddar are alright to eat, however, ensure they’re produced using pasteurized milk. This incorporates curds, mozzarella, cream cheddar, paneer, halloumi, goat’s cheddar and processed cheeses, for example, cheese spreads
  • Soft cheese if processed and made from pasteurized milk is safe to eat during pregnancy

What Is Listeria?

Listeria is a kind of bacteria which is present in food that may not have been stored or cooked properly. The bacteria can impact the individual who eats that food which has not been appropriately cooked. If a mum-to-be gets infected with listeria, she can get sick with a disease called listeriosis. This causes influenza-like symptoms. Despite the fact that listeriosis may not cause any serious health issues for the mum-to-be, it can bring about serious health issues for an unborn infant. It can even prompt premature delivery, or in around one in every five cases, stillbirth or severe health issues in the newborn baby.

Is Eating Goat Cheese During Pregnancy Safe?

It is said that goat cheese befits more than the cow cheese. This is because it has

  • Fewer calories than cow cheese
  • It is much easier to digest than the cow cheese. Actually,one who is allergic to cow milk can drink goat milk without any issues. Same is applicable to goat cheese
  • Goat cheese has more vitamins and minerals than cow cheese, just as like the goat milk

Despite these factors, you should avoid eating soft goat cheese – chevre which is also mould ripened. On the other hand, like in the case of cow cheese, hard goat cheese can be eaten during pregnancy as it will not cause any health issues.
You can always go for a grilled cheese sandwich (either hard cow cheese or goat cheese) made with whole wheat bread, which can both healthy snack and an answer to your craving. However, they key to a healthy pregnancy is to eat a well-balanced nutritious diet that contains the necessary vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.