Sunday, April 21, 2013

Eating Sushi While Pregnant?

I really, really want sushi. Traditional Western medical advice is to avoid sushi completely while pregnant.

However, I wonder if all Asian women really avoid sushi while they're pregnant. Obviously they have healthy babies.

For the record, I'm pretty by the book about pregnancy advice. Caffeine is the only thing that I have not completely given up and I've really cut back what I consume.

What do you think? Do you think its not worth the potential risk and to wait? Everybody you know ate sushi and had healthy babies?

7 comments:

  1. I think you should ask your drs advice & go from there since each pregnancy/situation is different. I had high risk pregnancies, 3 low-birthweight babies, so my dr. vetoed anything like that for me... How far along are you?

    It's like when people smoke through their pregnancy & excuse it cause their mom did and they turned out "fine". Gotta find out what's best for your situation. :) There's always vegetarian sushi to fall back on... ;)

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  2. Carla, I'm 10 weeks along now. I meant to ask my Dr but forgot.

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  3. My Dr says it is fine if it is fresh, not the stuff that's sat on the buffet or at the grocery store. Just avoid shark and (one other fish, can't remember). But occasional tuna or sushi isn't going to hurt. If you are really worried, go for a smoked roll so the fish is at least cooked.

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  4. Tilefish maybe? Is that a fish?

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  5. I agree that you should go for the smoked or at least pan-treated fish selections. Definitely if you are going to indulge on it, go for the freshest thing you can afford. A lot of Asian cultures depend heavily on fish, so I don't think they give it up during pregnancy.

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  6. You can make your own and just make sure you use a cooked fish. I have a great recipe for Kimpa if you want it. I did not know you were expecting. Congratulations!

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  7. I remember my doctor saying I shouldn't eat deli meat because of Listeria. I told her I was on a big sub sandwich kick and she said as long as it was fresh from a sub shop instead of grocery store cold cuts I should be fine.

    Playing "devil's advocate", people who live in Asian countries probably eat raw fish much more frequently and as a result have a built up resistance to things like mercury poisoning.... maybe? Yeah, I need to go to bed.

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