Can Pregnant Women Eat Halloumi Cheese? Is it Safe?

Can pregnant women eat Halloumi cheese? In this post we find out if it's safe and answer some of your questions about this delicious cheese!

Can Pregnant Women Eat Halloumi Cheese? Is it Safe?
By Ellen Fetters •  Updated: 15/09/21 •  3 min read

Cheese during pregnancy is a bit of a minefield!

One of the cheeses that often cause confusion is Halloumi, in fact, as a midwife, I was probably asked can pregnant women eat halloumi cheese on a daily basis!

In this post we’re going to take a look at if it’s safe to eat during pregnancy and what you need to watch out for should you choose to eat it.

Let’s get started.

Can Pregnant Women Eat Halloumi Cheese? Is it Safe?

Can Pregnant Women Eat Halloumi Cheese?

Yes, halloumi cheese is safe to eat in pregnancy, however, it should be made from pasteurized milk and cooked first.

Halloumi is currently listed as safe to eat on the NHS website and is a great source of calcium, vitamins A and B, magnesium, selenium, and Zinc which are all crucial minerals during pregnancy.

However, as you’d expect from cheese it’s also packed full of fat (some saturated) and salt which makes it more of an occasional treat to be eaten in moderation rather than something you should feast on every day.

Why Halloumi Should Be Made With Pasteurized Milk

As we mentioned right at the top of this post, cheese can be a minefield during pregnancy. Soft, unpasteurized cheeses aren’t suitable during pregnancy due to Listeria.

Halloumi (also called Haloumi or Helim) is an interesting cheese – it’s not a soft cheese (not safe) and it’s not a hard cheese (safe to eat) which is the main cause of confusion.

The general rule is so long as your halloumi is made from pasteurized milk then it’s safe to eat.

Most mass-produced halloumi is made from pasteurized cow, goat or ewe’s milk, however, not all brands are made this way so you should always check the label.

Traditional Halloumi is off the menu as it’s normally made from unpasteurized goat’s or ewe’s milk.

As a general rule of thumb – supermarket Halloumi is normally safe to eat but always check the label and traditional halloumi is not safe so is best avoided.

Which Halloumi Brands Are Pasteurized?

We’ve started to compile a list of Halloumi brands that are safe to eat (again, always check the label yourself):



Can I Eat Halloumi Raw?

So long as it’s pasteurized you can but I’m not really sure why (cravings maybe?).

Halloumi is best when it’s been cooked on the grill for a few minutes on either side.

Does Nando’s Use Pasteurized Halloumi?

Nando’s Halloumi is made from pasteurized cheese making it safe to eat.

Are Halloumi Fries OK if I’m Pregnant?

So long as the cheese is pasteurized then Halloumi fries are safe to eat.

Halloumi Recipe Ideas During Pregnancy

Here are some of our favorite ways to eat Halloumi:

The Bottom Line

Can pregnant women eat halloumi cheese? Absolutely, so long as the cheese is pasteurized it’s safe to eat at any stage of your pregnancy. Do keep in mind, however, that due to the high fat and salt content it’s more of an occasional meal.

Ellen Fetters

Ellen Fetters, is a former Children's and Young People's Nursing Practice with an BSc from the University of Sunderland. After completing her SCPHN - HV she then worked as a Health Visitor within the local community.

In 2017 Ellen left nursing to launch Parenting Click, an online parenting resource aimed at creating happier families through better parenting.

She lives with her husband, beautiful baby girl, and two darling dogs. She spends her free time writing, running and learning how to become a better parent.