Post # 1
Food sounds gross to me. ALL food. I dread every meal time as it comes because I am starving, but eating is repulsive. Sushi is literally the only thing that sounds good to me.
I have read multiple articles about how Japanese women eat sushi all throughout their pregnancies…so what is the deal with the US being so against it?
Did you/Will you eat sushi throughout your pregnancy?
why or why not?
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
I think besides the bacteria in the raw fish, there is a risk of the fish (especially fattier ones like salmon and tuna) having levels of mercury (and other things) that could be harmful for a developing baby.
Post # 6
@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
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 # 8
@tayona: Salmon is actually one ofthe lower mercury fish. (tuna is high and I would stay away from it) along with tilefish (whatever the heck that is) and swordfish. haha.
Salmon is very good for you in pregnancy! In moderation like everything else…
Post # 9
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
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
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
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
@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
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
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.