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I accidentally ate some Brie today and now I'm in a right flap about it ...

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SaltySeaBird Tue 15-Sep-15 18:06:28

I'm 11+4 and today I accidentally ate some Brie.

I've been obsessing all afternoon. I was having lunch with a colleague and brought what I thought was a pear, bacon and cheese salad roll from Pret. Munching away I thought wow this is good and looked inside - only to discover the cheese was Brie. I'd eaten half of it and left the rest.

I've been worried all afternoon Googling listeria effects on pregnancy. It's only made things worse.

Should I go to my GP? Can they test me? Should I just calm down?

Eminybob Tue 15-Sep-15 18:08:40

It's fine. Honestly don't worry. Pregnant women eat Brie in France all the time. Plus it was probably pasturised as a lot of the time Brie is.

NickNacks Tue 15-Sep-15 18:09:02


C) calm down! Honestly.

Redcrayons Tue 15-Sep-15 18:12:43

Dr Google is a total shit. Only tells you the worst thing possible. Ignore.

You'll be fine.

scarednoob Tue 15-Sep-15 18:12:55

I spent HOURS panicking about feta at your stage! You can definitely relax!

When was the last time you read about anyone getting listeria from cheese? It's always dirty hot dog stands or something. Brie from Pret is not like that.

No harm done except to your mood/afternoon!

ginmakesitallok Tue 15-Sep-15 18:12:57

Why would it be a problem????

babymouse Tue 15-Sep-15 18:14:04

I think you should calm down. wink In 2013 there were 157 cases, 13 of them in pregnant women. You'll probably be fine. The thing with listeria is that although the risk is low the consequences are high - hence the advice to avoid Brie.

SaltySeaBird Tue 15-Sep-15 18:15:31

Thank you. I did think French women ate it and then searched and read that they are much stricter and avoid it.

I was worrying a lot this week anyway (two previous miscarriages haven't helped the pregnancy anxiety) and I don't know how I will wait a whole week until my 12 week scan now.

Mintyy Tue 15-Sep-15 18:18:37

Pret A Manger will be using pasteurised brie.

I wish HQ would do a sticky or an info page about the current guidelines! We have endless threads with people getting themselves into a panic for no reason.

Floggingmolly Tue 15-Sep-15 18:21:13

It's not just pasteurised v unpasteurised; it's the fact that it's mould ripened.
You'd be very unlucky to get caught by the relatively small amount in a sandwich, op, but avoid from now on.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 15-Sep-15 18:22:27

I agree with Mintyy. Prawns and sushi also fine!

You're more likely to get listeria from bagged salad then a bit of Brie apparently.

Quite fancy a bit of Brie now and a crisp glass of Chablis. I'm not pregnant grin

QforCucumber Tue 15-Sep-15 18:23:50

Salty I'm 14+3 and just ate a medium rare steak - completely forgot I wasn't supposed to to be honest. Looked online and most countries have so many different rules and regulations it would be too much too keep on top of. What if you went on holiday? Would you stick to nhs rules or the country you're in? I believe a lot of it is just being over cautious.

Jenijena Tue 15-Sep-15 18:31:23

I'm also 11 + 4 and now craving brie...

I'm sure you'll be fine; hope the anxiety subsides and you can get away from Dr Google...

Every1KnowsJeffHesUsuallyACunt Tue 15-Sep-15 18:35:35

I've eaten contraband smelly cheeses and, well, virtually everything we're not allowed all the way through this pregnancy. I'm fine. The baby is fine. I'm 37+4. Please don't flap. And step away from Dr Google.

AbbeyRoadCrossing Tue 15-Sep-15 18:41:20

As PP have said listeria is very rare with a handful of cases each year in pregnant women. You can actually catch it from anything - I think the last big outbreak was on lettuce. Anyway if Pret have a listeria outbreak it'll be on the news, don't panic

AbbeyRoadCrossing Tue 15-Sep-15 18:43:31

Here you go - in 2010 there were 174 cases out of the UK population of about 64 million people

lavenderhoney Tue 15-Sep-15 19:23:57

You could email pret and ask if the Brie is pasturised, to put your mind at rest. But it's a tiny amount and many women didn't know/ don't know they are pregnant and eat all sorts of banned foods.

Drink lots of water and don't stress, and ask your mw to reassure you.

TakesTwoToTango Tue 15-Sep-15 19:39:28

Brie is 'allowed' for pg women inUSA if that makes you feel better?

Cherryblossomsinspring Tue 15-Sep-15 19:40:45

Honestly relax. It will be fine. Some of us pregnant women even choose to eat cured meats, sushi and cheeses.

Runningupthathill82 Tue 15-Sep-15 19:59:53

Don't worry. Seriously. Listeriosis is so rare - as a pp pointed out, you're also more likely to get it from bagged salad than a bit of cheese.

I ate gorgonzola the other day and it was delicious. Now thinking about lovely Brie.

Me624 Tue 15-Sep-15 20:20:04

I ate some goats cheese (the mould ripened kind you're not supposed to have) the other day. I thought it was going to be cooked from the menu and when it came out it wasn't, but I decided to eat it anyway. Before I got pregnant I ate soft cheese at least once a week and when was the last time I got listeria? Hm, never.

SaltySeaBird Tue 15-Sep-15 20:31:45

Okay I've emailed Pret to ask if it is pasturised, I'm sure it will give somebody in customer service a good laugh tomorrow!

Mintyy Tue 15-Sep-15 20:43:43

Oh fgs what a lot of fuss!

Of course a massive UK chain is not going to use unpastuerised brie.

Nousername2015 Tue 15-Sep-15 20:46:53

Even in France the latest listeria outbreak was from carrots, and I think in the US it was watermelon. After reading that I've become obsessive about washing fruit and veg.
I ate some brie and goats cheese at 6 weeks OP and beat myself up about it just like yourself. I know it's hard to do but I really would try not to worry about it. Ive emailed loads of places so far (supermarkets and eating places) to ask about cheese, usually feta and mozzarella, all have come back saying they use pasteurised versions so I would be very surprised if the Pret version was unpasteurised. There is the skin issue, however we all unknowingly take much bigger risks in our lives on a daily basis than the risk of listeriosis. I hope we've all helped to reassure you.

NicholasName Tue 15-Sep-15 20:48:30

yes... calm down. really

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