A little seafood ok?

We're going on vacation to the Outer Banks on the 8th and seafood is huge there.  If we go out to eat for our anniversary, is it ok if I order seafood?  Like crabcakes or even shrimp?  Or is it best to just avoid it?

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 3:34 am
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When I was pregnant I ate lots of seafood, but I made sure it was cooked properly. I avoided cold shellfish unless i had made it myself (just incase it hadn't been stored properly) and sushi.

(I think I've mentioned this before - forgive me) My friend ate anything & everything through both of her pregnancies and had no problems.
Posted on August 30, 2012 at 4:17 am
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Cooked properly or not, the danger is mercury, and anything that might make YOU sick...you are so early in your pregnancy that the baby is living from the yolk sac, not you, so it's probably okay...I've eaten some crab cakes and shrimp...BUT my OB suggests always checking the EPA's website for the current list of seafood high in mercury.
Posted on August 30, 2012 at 4:25 am
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Thanks @jackieg!  I'll check that website.  Do you know how often it changes?  Is it daily or weekly?

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 5:18 am
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Bottom line you have to do what you feel comfortable with...


I ate lunch meat the entire time of my pregnancy and I didn't heat it up either.  But I did limit it to once or twice a week.  I ate shrimp or crab but stayed away from fish but that was just because fish grossed me out.  I loved tuna subs from subway and would eat them every now and then (tuna is high in mercury).

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 5:36 am
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Sorry jackieg I wasnt clear in my response. I was referring to common bacterial that are found in fish that isn't cooked properly - there can be parasites and tapeworm which would be far riskier than a dose of mercury.

Small amounts of mercury won't do any harm - its found in cereal bars, and pregnant women haven't been told to avoid cereal bars - if it's just a few meals it should be fine. Guidelines I've seen are a maximum of 150g a month during pregnancy.

Things like salmon, mackerel and anchovies have lots of Omega3 which is good for baby's development.

It's so hard to know what is right, like Princessjen says you have to do what you feel comfortable with xx
Posted on August 30, 2012 at 6:08 am
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Ok so if one night I decide to splurge and eat crab cakes or crab legs or even like mahi mahi I'm not subjecting my LO to anything deathly?

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 7:38 am
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I wouldn't say so! Hope you have an amazing time xxx
Posted on August 30, 2012 at 8:55 am
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Enjoy those crab legs :) and have an amazing vacation!

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 9:23 am
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I read deep sea fishes are to be absolutely avoided, such as swordfish and mackerel.


http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/fishmercury.htm


 

Posted on September 2, 2012 at 2:52 am

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