Ben & Jerry’s Babies: Why Pregnant Women Crave Our Ice Cream

March 11, 2020

A pregnant women with two Ben & Jerry's ice cream cones

Are you worried about ice cream in pregnancy? There are so many things to consider during your pregnancy that it can be hard to keep track of it all. But when you’re eight months pregnant, haven’t seen your swollen feet in weeks, and suddenly have a craving for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream, you might just be wondering, “Can you eat cookie dough ice cream when pregnant?”

Let us assuage your fears: Yes, you can! All Ben & Jerry’s flavors are 100% safe to eat during pregnancy, including Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and our Cookie Dough Chunks. So dig in! And if your kind-hearted partner is willing to make a run to the grocery store for a pint of Chunky Monkey at 3:00 am, count yourself among the luckiest ice cream lovers ever.


Yes, You Can You Eat Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream While Pregnant!

We are happy to remind parents-to-be everywhere that all of the milk, cream, and eggs used in our flavors are pasteurized during the production process. Pasteurized eggs are also used in all of our chunks and swirls, such as cookie dough or brownie batter. There’s also no need for concern about alcohol or caffeine content in any of our flavors. Any trace amounts are perfectly safe for you and your unborn ice cream aficionado.

For most of you, the quality of our ingredients is probably old news. In fact, co-founder Ben Cohen once mentioned a phenomenon in Vermont known as “Ben & Jerry’s Babies” — the result of parents-to-be who have consumed lots of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream during pregnancy. These babies come out robust. Like, really big, often with superpowers that allow them to change their own diaper and bench press their crib. (Well, maybe not that big.)

When you think about it, how could you possibly resist ice cream’s temptation? It can be salty, sweet or salty-sweet. It’s rich and creamy, it cools you off, and with so many flavors to choose from you could literally spend your third trimester in the ice cream aisle.

Of course, you can’t live on ice cream alone (trust us, we’ve tried) — a balanced diet is key for you and your little one. The good news is that we have an assortment of deliciously irresistible flavors that are pregnancy-friendly, including our lineup of Cookie Dough Chunks.

The bottom line? Have no fear of the ice cream aisle, parents-to-be! All of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pints, Non-Dairy pints, FroYo pints, Moo-phoria light ice cream pints, Pint Slices, and Cookie Dough Chunks are perfectly safe to eat before — and after — the birth of your new addition.