Are Fermented Foods Safe To Eat During Pregnancy? Experts Weigh In



So you’re pregnant. That means following a positive pregnancy test and exciting announcement are all of the questions, am I right? Between safe sleeping positions, whether or not you can have coffee (you can, thank goodness), and how much you can exercise, the list is long. And food, unfortunately, is no exception. You probably already know that your favorite Brie comes with limitations and certain types of fish are out the window, but what about other popular health trends, like sauerkraut and kefir? Are fermented foods safe to eat during pregnancy? Experts say it’s about choosing the right ones.

“Generally, yes, fermented foods are safe to consume during pregnancy,” Natalie Allen, a registered and licensed dietitian and clinical faculty member in the Biomedical Sciences Department at Missouri State University, tells Romper in an email interview. “However, women still need to use caution when choosing fermented foods.”

For example, Allen says sauerkraut and yogurt are fermented foods that can benefit a mother and baby during pregnancy, but unpasteurized milk, which may be fermented, is not a good…

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