(Closed) sushi

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1777 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I ate cooked fish/shrimp rolls and vegetable sushi.  I mean the chance of getting a “bad” piece with lysteria or other bacteria is actually pretty small, but it only takes 1 bad piece and it could be devastating for mom and baby.  I guess to me it’s not worth the potential risk of having raw stuff.  But I would say if you have a place you feel is really reputable that you know freezes the product for at least 24 hours (kills bacteria) then okay, go for it.  But for me personally, there are a lot of cooked options that I would enjoy (almost) as much.

Post # 4
1777 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Also wanted to add… I personally think the fish (and possibly other products) are probably fresher and maybe high quality in Japan than in the US. (I mean it is an island… so fish is easier to get!)

Post # 6
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Rose120:  I’m not pregnant, but I’m working on it, and this was something that I looked into as well.

I can’t find the source off the top of my head, but I do remember reading something about all fish imported for sushi being flash-frozen in order to kill dangerous bacteria. Because of the freezing, sushi was safe as long as it came from a clean, reputable resutaurant.

I’m just some random person on the internet so you should absolutely go confirm this for yourself, but I think you would likely be safe as long as you avoided the bigger fish (mercury content) and stuck to a really nice sushi place.

I’m sure there are plenty of women who will disagree with me, but this is simply my take on the subject.

Post # 7
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am 15 weeks pregnant. I have been craving sushi. I love the cooked options but I’m worried about cross contamination. The surface they roll the rolls on is the same for the cooked and uncooked rolls.

Post # 9
4275 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Mercury and Bacteria risks.

I really love Spicy Tuna Rolls and I have been craving it even before I was pregnant. I don’t want to take the risk though.

Post # 10
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i know people who have done this and been fine but i personally am too scared. i did have cooked rolls though with low merc fish. 

Post # 12
996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think that the risks are pretty low as long as you don’t overdo it and eat it at a safe place that has FRESH fish. I would say go to an authentic Japanese place for sushi, no one of those Korean or Chinese places that are trying to cash in on the fad. A real Japanese sushi chef would never serve fish that wasn’t the highest quality

I’m in the NYC area so that’s not a problem for me, but if I were even in upstate NY, I wouldn’t chance it because the fish isn’t as fresh

If mercury levels are a concern, minimize your consumption of tuna–salmon has extremely low mercury levels

I have heard that bluefin tuna usually has higher mercury too


It is true that Japanese women have been eating fish and sushi while pregnant for generations, but the mercury problem is relatively new. Most of the mercury in fish is caused by pollution–run off from coal burning power plants. So while I wouldn’t say no sushi during pregnancy AT ALL, I wouldn’t make it a daily habit


Also, you need to take all of these warnings with a grain of salt. Yes you shouldn’t binge on some of these foods but it isn’t like one tunafish sandwich or spicy tuna roll is going to harm your baby!

Post # 13
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I lived in Japan for two years and saw pregnant women eat sushi all the time.  No issues.  When I do eventually start with the baby-making, I will eat ALL the sushi, ALL the time.  Except for tuna and the other high mercury stuff.

Post # 14
134 posts
Blushing bee

@Rose120:  you are right, my mistake. I was thinking more of DDT & PCB’s for Salmon, but I didn’t make that clear. I would probably still avoid Salmon if I was pregnant, but it is all about moderation for any fish you pick.

Post # 15
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I ate a ton of raw salmon and some tuna raw sushi when I was pregnant! My OB said it was fine, plus the restaurant that I like is really high-quality/fresh so I has very little concern.

Post # 16
2137 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i had a major craving for sushi while i was pregnant but i only ate california rolls, but my dr said i could eat cooked sushi.

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