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If you’re a sushi lover like me and you’re pregnant, then you probably have a million questions kind of like these. Can I eat sushi while pregnant? Can pregnant women eat cooked sushi? What kind of sushi can you eat while pregnant? Can you eat raw fish during pregnancy? Can you eat fried sushi while pregnant? And what happens if you eat sushi while pregnant?
Does this sound like you? Because if so, this is the blog post dedicated just for you. I had all of these questions and more in mind when I heard you weren’t allowed to have “sushi” during pregnancy.
And I freaked out a little bit and googled so many different articles and forums. That’s why I felt the need to make a post specifically on this topic and round up the very most important information you need to know.
The Ordeal About Eating Sushi During Pregnancy
So you might be wondering, why is sushi bad for pregnancy? As you already know, there’s quite a list of food items that are off-limits during pregnancy. And it’s mostly because you’re growing a baby inside the womb that is eating what you’re eating. And can easily pass onto.
Overall, you and your baby can get bacteria that could lead to further complications down the road. And in addition to that, raw fish is high in mercury. High levels of mercury can cause brain damage, hearing, and vision problems in the baby according to Healthline.
Can I eat sushi while pregnant?
According to FoodSafety.gov, raw seafood may contain parasites or bacteria such as Listeria that can make pregnant women sick and even potentially harm their babies. The list of “raw seafood” consists of sushi, sashimi, raw oysters, raw clams, raw scallops, and ceviche.
What is Listeria?
Listeria is bacteria that can cause listeriosis which is a type of food poisoning that can make pregnant women and their babies really sick. And pregnant women are at a higher risk of getting listeriosis.
What kind of sushi can you eat while pregnant?
Believe it or not, not everyone knows that there are different types of sushi out there. There are raw and cooked sushi. Cooked sushi typically has tempura shrimp, eel, or other cooked assortment of meat.
As much as you love raw sushi, maybe it’s better to be on the safe side and avoid it. However, I personally ate raw sushi with raw fish while pregnant but after my first trimester. But I do recommend eating sushi from a reputable sushi restaurant and avoid grocery store sushi if you must!
Another thing you should do (or better yet, do first) is check with your OBGYN to make sure you’re not a high-risk pregnancy before eating sushi. You might’ve heard several different stories of other pregnant women getting the green light to eat sushi. But do keep in mind that every pregnancy is different so speak with your OBGYN.
Can you eat fried sushi while pregnant?
I’d definitely recommend fried sushi over raw sushi while pregnant because we know it’s cooked. And if you are very adamant about eating sushi while pregnant but want to avoid anything raw, talk to your waitress and see what they recommend that’s cooked.
I hope I delivered the message on everything to do with eating sushi while pregnant, nice and clear. There can be confusing information out there. But one thing is for sure. There are definitely risks to consider before eating raw fish or any other off-limits food during pregnancy. So speak with your OBGYN before you make any decisions! Thanks for reading!