(Closed) Sushi and pregnancy

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Did/do/would you consume sushi while pregnant?

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  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Don’t read some random articles on the internet.  Look on ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology)website for correct information.  As far as I know, raw fish,  unpasteurized cheese and certain cold cuts are still considered undesirable to eat in pregnancy.  These raw/undercooked products can potentially have very dangerous bacteria, and in pregnancy your immune system is much weaker,  therefore can’t fight the bugs well.  It’s not *stigma*, it’s evidence – based medical recommendation. 

    Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I ate veggie sushi and cooked sushi while I was pregnant (though trust me, I was craving tuna and salmon rolls) and I don’t feel like anyone side eyed me. Trust me though, my first meal after delivery was some delicious raw salmon sushi thanks to my thoughtful SO.

    I have always erred on the side of caution during pregnancy and my parents make fun of me for it all the time by pointing out different cultures. He assured me that Japanese mothers ate sushi and that the DHA from the fish was good for their developing babies. My mom would say that a sip of wine here or there was no problem because in Italy they tell pregnant women to limit it to two glasses a day while pregnant. I think if you are sushi while pregnant it would be fine as long as it is a reputable place with fresh ingredients.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    bgswifey:  I wouldn’t.  Eating undercooked or raw meats/fish/eggs can put you at increased risk of foodborne illnesses. Plus with seafood you have to worry about the mercury in the fish as well. Eating cooked fish is healthy, but I wouldn’t risk raw. Until midwives, OB/GYN’s, and the CDC unanimously decide that sushi is safe to consume during pregnancy, I will stay far away from it; regardless of what an internet article says. Nine months isn’t a long time to cut something out of your diet, and as a fellow pregnant person I’m always thinking about what’s best for my growing baby.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/pregnant-women-study-carte-blanche-eat-sushi/story?id=28433617 

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I vote it’s a personal call. For example,  I’m sure people would be horrified to know I had about 1/4 of a glass of wine at a wedding at 10 weeks. Or I still have coffee.  

    If the place is reputable and clean….it’s probably ok once in awhile.  But really it’s more about whether you’ll feel guilty. Just don’t have it too often bc of the mercury.

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I ate it.  My philosophy was that it was less likely to cause health issues than raw vegetables if it came from a reputable source.  I stuck to salmon b/c of the mercury risk.  I actually had a really hard time with cooked salmon during pregnancy.  The smell made me gag and the texture of any protein cooked well made me nauseated.  I also didn’t care if anyone judged me for it.  If they had, I would have asked them to produce the peer-reviewed article from a reputable journal to back up their judgement.  

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: City, State

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    bgswifey:  no,  but I hate raw fish. I did meet up with pregnant friends for sushi a couple of times and they mostly got cooked sushi.

    I feel like it’s up to you to be informed about the risks/benefits. It is like having a glass of wine while pregnant. Sometimes the benefits outweigh the risks. (I drank wine very rarely and ate unpasteurized cheese and cookie dough while pregnant)

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I still eat cooked sushi, but haven’t touched raw sushi since before we got our BFP. It is my number 1 request post-delivery and DH and my parents are both aware that someone will need to bring me some! Lol 🙂

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee

    I spoke with 2 OB and was told everything in moderation. The only thing I’ve completely cut out is booze. I make sure I eat at reputable places that are clean with no history of food poisoning. I’d say talk to your doctor or a dietician. 

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    Raw fish isn’t okay; personally I wouldn’t take the risk. But cooked fish is one of the best things for your pregnancy! Try vegetarian sushi, California rolls, and possibly some cooked sushi. I know I’ve seen that before. Good luck! 

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Well cooked sushi is fine.  I ate some raw sushi once but I never really wanted any otherwise. It’s a judgment call.  If it’s a reputable place you have eaten at plenty then I would probably eat some if I was craving it.  I did plenty of other things like cold turkey sandwiches and runny eggs after the first trimester. I ate runny eggs every weekend

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee

     asked my obgyn, he told me to go ahead, but stay away from the large Mercury carriers 

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee

    Check out the book Expecting Better. I read it and did a lot more research and concluded that I feel comfortable eating low Mercury sushi from a reputable restaurant. Sushi has strict standards and has to be flash frozen, which kills the majority of parasites. The types of food poisoning you might get from sushi aren’t more harmful to you while pregnant (listeria, from cheese, deli meat, etc. can harm your baby and you’re more susceptible while pregnant) so if you trust the place, it’s unlikely to be a problem. You’re more likely to get sick from eating chicken. Of course, it comes down to personal choice. If you’ll feel guilty or worried, don’t do it. But the risk is quite minimal if you choose the right place and fish (I’m sticking with salmon, since it has so many benefits for baby and is low Mercury). I don’t eat it every day but when I just really want some, I’ve indulged and felt quite comfortable doing so! 

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

    Whenever I come upon this question I think, “what do you think women in Japan do when they’re pregnant?”

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I ate cooked sushi 

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