Myths, Dos, and Don'ts of Pregnancy
What's safe to eat during pregnancy? Can hair dye hurt the fetus? And what's this about not changing the litterbox?
By Star Lawrence
Reviewed By Charlotte E. Grayson, MD
The national nannies and the old wives have formed an alliance to pepper the pregnant woman with directives on everything from alfalfa sprouts to Zithromycin. So what's the skinny (remember, however, what your doctor says goes)?
Food and Drink
Cheeses made in the U.S. must be made from pasteurized milk (this process kills the listeria organism), so they are fairly safe. Imported soft cheeses are potentially problematic. These may include Brie, Camembert, feta, goat, Montrachet, Neufchatel, and queso fresco. Listeria may also be found in unpasteurized semi-soft cheeses (slightly more solid cheeses that do not grate easily and are often coated with wax to preserve moisture and extend shelf life). Semi-soft cheeses include Asiago, blue, brick, Gorgonzola, Havarti, Muenster, and Roquefort.