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Q&A: Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

What about fish? I know that fish is healthy and good for me and my baby, but I’m worried because I have also heard that certain kinds of fish may contain too much mercury? What kinds of fish are okay to eat during pregnancy and which should I avoid?

Re: What about fish? I know that fish is healthy and good for me and my baby, but I’m worried because I have also heard that certain kinds of fish may contain too much mercury? What kinds of fish are okay to eat during pregnancy and which should I avoid?

The Bump Expert

You are right! Fish and shellfish are good sources of high quality protein and other essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids. But, some types of fish do contain more mercury than others -- eat these in limited amounts, or avoid them entirely. Keep in mind the following basic rules, and check out the FDA or EPA for more extensive info.

[  ] Never eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish.

[  ] Limit lower mercury fish such as canned light tuna, shrimp,salmon, catfish, and tilapia to 12 ounces (two average meals) a week.

[  ] Albacore “white” tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna, so limit your intake to one serving (six ounces) per week.

[  ] Fish sticks and fast-food sandwiches are usually made from low mercury fish. (And that's the only time we'll recommend the drive through!)

 

Denise Gershwin, CNM

re: Q: Is Seafood Safe?

I see shrimp on the list, but what about other shellfish, like lobster and clams?

Siobhan and Mark |

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I wanted to know the same thing...Is crab ok? I haven't seen that anywhere. Its crab feed season coming up and I am going to be totally upset if I have to cut that out too!! =)

Lde |

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I am concerned about this, too, and so I asked my marine biologist sister. She recommended I check out the OceansAlive website, which has a pdf guide to the safest choices. You can download it: http://www.environmentaldefense.org/documents/1980_pocket_seafood_selector.pdfIn general, small seafood is lowest in mercury (so crab, lobster, and clams are not a problem), but the top predators (like tuna and shark) end up with a lot more mercury in their bodies, which is why we should limit intake of those bigger fish.Hope this helps!

CraftyRachel |

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ohh i did not know shrimp was not good durung pregnacy aslo have a question i am having loose bm's is htis ok? does anyon else have this it si the second day of it i am six weeks

CHAPPYWIFE |

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First, use spell check or people assume you have a low IQ and should be getting basic health education first before specific education on pregnancy issues.Then, read the CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife) answer again. You definitely did not understand her response.Call your practitioner about your loose stools as I'm not sure you absorb information from this site and need more one-on-one education.

nomadicnurse |

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To "nomadicnurse".... women are just trying to get information from these bulletin boards. What does it matter if they spell things wrong? You obviously understood the question she was asking, mispelled words and all. Also, rather than criticize someone who may not have read thoroughly enough, how about helping out. Or stop writing on here altogether. I'd rather be reading women's helpful comments rather than hearing drama.To Chappywife~ I would let your practitioner know about your bowel movements. I'm in my 6th week as well and I keep going back and forth, from constipation to loose stools. It could be what you're eating or the vitamins your taking. But definately look into it.

lil_mo_2 |

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It's amazing how judgemental and rude someone (nomadicnurse) can be! Wow, you must be the world's first perfect human...congrats! I think you might be on the wrong website.

luvobx18 |

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How about sushi with cooked foods like shrimp tempura and california rolls? Can we eat this?

maddm78 |

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I would like to know about sushi as well. I have been craving it I'm having a hard time giving it up.

kimjj1025 |

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I would really like to know if crab is ok too? Nothing i have read has mentioned it.

MRSBEK |

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Theoretically, you could eat cooked food sushi like california rolls -- this isn't really "sushi." California rolls are made with imitation crab, usually pollock, which is on the good list. Real crab, however, it depends on what kind of crab. Check that PDF CraftRachel posted, it's got everything!

jaydeen |

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So is raw fish a big no no? I love sushi, but if I have to give it up 9 months for baby's sake I guess I'll have to. Does sushi fall into a different category than cooked fish or is it included in the only eating 8 oz/week?

rcollier_17 |

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First, let me say that the whole mercury thing as you can see is not a HUGE worry, key concept- everything in moderation! Fish build levels of mercury from eating other fish, that's why shark and the large 'preditor' fish have higher levels and should be avoided. CRAB: safe to eat during pregnancy and actually a HIGH source of Folic Acid!! (that's what ur prenatals are for!) So all the crab lovers endulge!SUSHI: if it's cooked it's ok, if it's not cooked it's not ok because of possible parasitic infection. It has nothing to do with the mercury. U don't want to eat food that can have parasites that will harm the growing fetus. Still keep in mind the weekly recommended amounts of fish altogether.To the NomadICNurse: why is it that nurses seem to be such brats to other women, like they're so beneath them...?? I'm a nurse myself and would never talk to someone the way you did. You should be ashamed, afterall a nurse is someone who is supposed to support and teach other people, they are "caretakers" You OBVIOUSLY missed that concept in your schooling. So here's a tip keep your thoughts to yourself and quit acting like you're the only "qualified individual" on the Bump! Take your attitude and hormones somewhere else!

farrellashleigh |

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Totally anecdotal and probably silly...but when my mother was pregnant with me, she had a huge craving for fish and chips. Ate them ALL the time while she was pregnant. As for me, I have a very high IQ - maybe it was all the fish!And I agree that in countries like Japan, Norway, Sweden, etc. they certainly don't cut all fish out of their diet when pregnant.

MissFreo |

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wow...i can't believe someone can be so judgemental without even knowing a person. nomadicnurse i hope you're not a real nurse because your bedside manner is just awesome...iam premed and its people like you who disgust me and make me wonder why you even wanted to be in the healthcare business. iam sure its not for the general wellfare of people. anyways iam ttc and just browse through trying to get information, so maybe she didn't read the article. however, iam sure you are going to correct my grammar and use of all lowercase letters as well.

keitichan3 |

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I think its great that people stood up for CHAPPYWIFE. I really hope that the genuine responses that came from one person being so downright mean and condiscending show others on this site 99% of the people here are willing to help and here to find answers. I am going to dinner tonight and really want my garlic buttered shrimp. I am 4 weeks along and dont eat shrimp often, I am still not sure if I will order it but I know I will get me steak :D I'm not really craving yet so I can't use that excuse. I hope everyone learned something from these posts

HARVEY2009 |

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is shrimp crap and lobster ok to eat

WEBACTION TRISTA |

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Hi! I thought that canned tuna was fine.... i eat 2 cans per week with my salad, but this morning i heard on the radio that the mercury in a tuna salad or in a can of tuna may cause Austism. I had planned to eat my tuna today for lunch, and now I dont know what to do!

josefinarinke |

Q&A: Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

shrimp, crab and lobster is ok as long as you limit it to every 2 weeks, same as tuna. they want you to stay away from the mercury that could be in them so if you have some every two weeks you'll be fine. Also NO SUSHI!!! I'ts not cooked thats why doctors don't want you to eat it.

blackdollhouse66 |

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ok i was curious as well...i asked my doctor and she said crabs are a no no. You may only eat 12 oz a week which is a palm full..

GreenEyes05 |

Q&A: Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

There's some good information here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy-and-fish/PR00158 I would trust the Mayo Clinic more than most sites. They say shrimp is ok. This site: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/foodstoavoid.html also has some good, more detailed information. I'm nervous about this as well because I'm a vegetarian who eats fish and a lot of my protein comes from fish. I'll be doing more research and will post more information if I find something good.

lucylarou |

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I am seriously craving sushi right now however have succumbed to the fact that raw fish has the potential to carry dangerous bacteria. Forget the mercury levels, I don't want to add to my m/s :-) Maybe I'll give in and have California or avocado rolls...or maybe something with cooked shrimp... This was really helpful. Thanks for the links!

hvanthoogt |

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Thank you all so much for the links. It was very helpful. My husband and I have been looking all over the web to find if its safe to have seafood. I knew that sushi was a no no but I'm very happy to hear that Crab is OK, even if only in small amounts. I hope everyone has a wonderful pregnancy. Take care.

mtcarlson07 |

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Hooray! You can eat SUSHI! Just nothing raw. I was so surprised when I've asked at multiple sushi restaurants for what is cooked on their menus, many places even have a "non-raw" section on their menu! So for all the sushi lovers out there-- you don't have to refrain! You can find lots of great rolls that are safe for you and baby!!!

CaitlinRoseZ |

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Re: SUSHI I spoke to my doctor and he said that basically any sushi is OK-- even Raw! The issue with raw sushi is your suseptability of being sick by it. It's just like eating raw cookie dough, red meat (that could potentially be undercooked) or yogurt that's 2 days pass expiration: you want to avoid this stuff because of the simple rule: if it makes YOU sick, it makes baby sick.

kristej1 |

Q&A: Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

I have a question - I just found out I was pregnant (not even 4 weeks) and the past 3 weeks I've been eating raw fish, Brie and Raw OYSTERS like crazy. Yesterday before I took the test - I ate 50 raw oysters alone. yikes. any word on raw oysters????

jjagner |

Q&A: Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

Raw fish recommendations come because there's a risk of parasites, as opposed to mercury which causes birth defects. So if you're healthy and don't have a compromised immune system you should be fine. Same thing with soft cheeses - they're not pasteurized, so they're more likely to make you sick, but that doesn't mean you *will* get sick. Bottom line, before all these recommendations came out people were still managing to make healthy babies, so don't feel too bad if you "slip up". :)

niki.e23 |

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I've read and heard many many places that sushi, even raw, is ok if it has been frozen for at least 24 hours before it is thawed and consumed. In many many places this is the case because tuna and salmon don't live everywhere and must be shipped. You should still be careful with larger fish, whether raw, cooked, fresh, or frozen. Also, if you like it, artificial crab sticks are fine. They're usually made with small whitefish. Oh, and fyi, if you're a sucker for it like I am, you can eat raw cookie dough if you use either pasteurized eggs or pasteurized liquid eggs! (Btw, sushi does not mean raw fish. Sashimi is raw fish, sushi refers to the way the rice is cooked. The word has nothing to do with fish at all. )

sad.reggie |

Q&A: Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

I read the same as sad reggie raw fish is ok as long as it has been frozen before eating because this kills parasites and worms that could be in the fish and make you sick. You have to check at your store/restaurant though because they may not necessarily freeze the fish beforehand.

Ninety8prcntangl |

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Lucie Larou, thank you so much for your helpful links. I am super bummed about the no sushi, because I am a serious lover of sashimi. But I can hang with cooked rolls for now (and lots of tempura!) I didn't realize that lox was on the no-eat list, and had a bagels with lox this morning. oh no! I think one bagel won't be too bad, but at least now I know for the remainder of the pregnancy.

mzclaire |

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I don't know the answer to any of these questions, but I just wanted to thank each and every woman who stood up for CHAPPYWIFE. I am so thankful to know there are women like you who stand up for strangers instead of oppress them. I was shocked when I read "NomadicNurse's" response. No, appalled. So, again, thank you to those who respectfully stood up for another woman pregnant. Misspelling or comprehension aside, she's with child - just like all of us.

LaylaandKevin |

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LISTEN UP LADIES: With my pregnancy on the way i did my studies and research on things you should or shouldn't eat, and FISH is not the one. Their flesh has and absorbs chemical pollutants, like mercury,organochlorides,PCB's and other big names of toxins that we cant even pronounce haha... these are all harmful to our developing fetus. Mercury can deform fetuses, reduce IQ, and cause damage to your central nervous system. High mercury levels in fish-eating moms have been closely linked to birth defects and developmental disabilities. && ladies, there are studies out there (like the "British medical Journal") stating that fish has no effect on heart health at all, so why risk all the toxins and the high levels of chemical pollutants for a little of your own selfish pleasure? If doctors tell yout hat you need fish because of the omega-3's how about you avoid the horrible dangers of eating fish and get the omega-3's from walnuts, which have NO cholesterol. Dont take my word for it if you dont want to, but please DO your own research :) eat healthy and be good to your growing baby ! (GREAT BOOK WiTH LOTS OF GOOD INFORMATION: Skinny Bitch, Bun in the Oven. **Don'T let the title fool you**) Good Luck!

armigirl8 |

Q&A: Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

So we were making crab cakes tonight and I wanted to make sure it was ok before I ate them and I found this website. Seemed to be very helpful to me, hopefully it will to you too! http://www.obfocus.com/nutrition/Seafood.htm

Duckieer |

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I am from Puerto Rico, and on an Island seafood is part of our diet. my mother ate seafood almost every day, and I like to think my sister and I turned out alright. I just recently read a study that English women don't give up seafood like we do in the united states and there have been studies of their babies being smarter. I don't know what is right, but I do believe that if you came from some where where it is part of your diet, you and your baby may be able to tolerate it better. What my doctor told me for certain was: NO to oysters. and canned tuna or fish was a once a week type thing. she told me shrimp and crab were fine but to not eat too much, but they were low in mercury. Do your own research and def. talk to your doctor, and then figure out what's best for you. like I said, because of where I came from I think I could prob. handle it better. Oh and i really thank those moms who responded to nomadic nurse. For a mom to be, i am shocked how unkind you could be to another future mom. Did you think that maybe she is from a different country and this is her second language, and if not, I know many individuals who may not have excellent grammer but are very intelligent, and could teach you a thing or two. this is not the spelling correction website btw. this is a little preggers community where we women are trying to learn, compare, and contrast while sharing this beautiful moment together. Nomadic nurse, your response really made me worry about your emotional state, and how your forgiving nature will be with your child :(

thebride828 |

Q&A: Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

I agree with the last person's post. My pregnancy book recommends not eating sushi at all (even the fully cooked rolls) and also advises not to eat rice because it may be difficult to digest and cause constipation. This made me think- what about all of the Asian countries, my mom grew up in Thailand and residents there eat rice on a daily basis. Also in Japan, sushi, and rice are also parts of their regular diet. Seafood is especially big in Asian countries so I'd have to say this is a rumor. It's common sense to stay away from raw fish, just as you should stay away from eating anything raw while pregnant. But just as I believe rice to be okay, seafood can be okay too as long as you're smart about it. As long as my sushi roll is cooked, I'll eat it. The same follows for shrimp, crab, crawfish, salmon, caftish, and lobster.

RachyD |

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is oyesters safe to eat?

cynthiajm |

Q&A: Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

Yay! I am so glad I can have sushi. We are ttc but if I am or will soon be pregnant, I didn't want to give up my indulgence! Also, cheers to everyone who stood up for Chappywife, and put Nomadicnurse in her place. Just because someone doesn't type with perfect spelling and punctuation doesn't mean they aren't intelligent, but it is pretty obvious that the "nurse" is in fact rude.

JennVB |

Q&A: Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

I read that farm-raised fish can also be unhealthy. http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/eh/hlthhaz/fs/PCBlink.HTM

js13524 |

Q&A: Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

I ate cooked sushi rolls and low mercury fish throughout my pregnancy with my son. He is almost eight years old now, in perfect health, and extremely intelligent. I plan to eat the same way during this pregnancy. Honestly, we are exposed to pollutants in the air and environment daily. I choose not to waste excess energy worrying about what I ate before I knew I was pregnant, or what scary toxins MIGHT be in my food. Unless you plan on living in a bubble throughout pregnancy, let common sense be your guide. Eat a wide variety of healthy foods, and try not to overindulge on any one thing. If you are worrying about whether to eat a certain food, then avoid it! You can have it again in just a few months. Obviously things like alcohol, cigarette smoke and raw/undercooked animal foods and unpasteurized items should be avoided. But if you stay within the recommendations given here for fish, baby will most likely be just fine.

AbbyBarnesRN |