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Can I Eat Shrimp While Pregnant?

I’m so confused about what fish is okay to have. Can I eat shrimp?

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I’m so confused about what fish is okay to have. Can I eat shrimp?

The Bump Expert

Yes you can. The seafood that pregnant women should avoid completely are the high-mercury ones, such as shark, tilefish, swordfish and king mackerel.

Shrimp is safe to eat because it falls into the category of low-mercury seafood, which also includes salmon, pollack, sardines and catfish. But you should still limit your intake of these fish to no more than 12 ounces per week, says Laura Riley, MD, director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

“Go to a place where you know you’ll get well-prepared food,” says Riley. “You don’t want to get bad shrimp.” And avoid raw or undercooked shrimp, so you don’t get sick while pregnant.

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Laura Riley, MD, ob-gyn, Director of Labor and Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of You & Your Baby: Pregnancy

Can I Eat Shrimp While Pregnant?

My mother said that shrimp gives babies eczema. That's all old Chinese superstition. My husband said "I already have eczema, so the baby will probably have it to - it doesn't matter, so eat up." :)

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Can I Eat Shrimp While Pregnant?

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