Post # 1
God I miss sushi. I kind of understand why I shouldn’t be eating it, but what if it’s from a really nice, expensive, super fresh sushi place? My favorite sushi place is about 45 min-1hour from the coast, so it’s not like the fish travels for a day and a half before it gets here. Isn’t food poisoning always a risk with sushi whether you’re pregnant or not?
Anyone know anything about sushi consumption during pregnancy? I mean women in Japan and I’m thinking Japanese women around the world must continue to eat sushi during their pregnancies correct?
Can’t I just have a little??
Post # 3
They say as long as its not raw, you are good to go. The mercury levels in raw fish could be harmful for the baby. I would do some research to see if there is anything safe to eat that’s raw
Post # 4
I was under the impression that all high mercury fish should be avoided during pregnancy, cooked or raw. I thought it was the raw/food poisoning thing that made sushi a no-no during pregnancy. I don’t eat any high mercury fish anyways, even when I wasn’t pregnant. Are mercury levels higher in raw than cooked fish?
Post # 5
There’s always a risk from eating raw fish, but pregnancy suppresses your immune system.
Post # 6
There may be times where sushi may make us a little sick and our bodies fight it off without us ever knowing it. However, our little babies, won’t be able to fight it off.
I miss sushi too a ton. I just feel like it’s not worth the risk.
Post # 7
I can see the argument IF you lived IN Japan and were Japanese and your diet was used to it all the time.
Post # 8
I miss sushi so much too, but agree with mwitter80. I have been enjyoing cooked sushi though and while it’s not the same, it does curb the craving. Eating raw fish right now is not something I’m willing to chance. I’ve even given up my rare steaks and pink burgers too. *sigh* I keep reminding myself it’s just for 40 weeks though and I so look forward to my first post-pregnancy meal, complete with a big, fat martini!
Post # 9
I really miss my sushi too, but like PP, I don’t think it’s worth the risk to enjoy my favorite meal right now. I do have a girlfriend that at sushi throughout both of her pregnancies without an issue, but she got flamed for talking about it on Facebook. She said her MD swore it was okay as long as she avoided the high-mercury fish like tuna, mackerel, yellow tail, etc.
The things we do for our little ones before we even meet them! 🙂
Post # 10
I ate veggie and cooked-meat sushi. It was delicious.
I will admit that normally tuna sashimi is my very favourite thing at a sushi restaurant, but that was obviously out.
I had miso soup, edamame, and 2 ‘safe’ rolls. I know some people say they won’t even have veggie or cooked sushi for fear of contamination from the other fish the chefs are handling, but I say that a good sushi place is very clean.
Post # 11
In my 1st trie I went out to a sushi place and did have a few pieces of vegetarian sushi, so it was mainly avocado, rice, seaweed and some other veggies. I only ate it because I saw they had a different surface for making the veggie rolls than the sruface they used for the fish rolls. but I plan not to eat anymore of that until the baby comes
Post # 12
Our local sushi restaurant marks their cooked items on the menu so luckily I knew what was safe to order so I didn’t have to deprive myself entirely!
Post # 13
I take the risk every once in a while…. Eel is my favorite it’s cooked. I guess the real risk could be they use the same knife for cutting my Eel as they use cutting the raw fish. But I like to live on the wild side 🙂
I also eat running eggs every now and again.
Alcohol and coffee I could care less about – but there are some things I can’t go 9 months without! 🙂
Post # 14
oh! and I also had vegetable tempura…..mmmm
This thread is totally giving me a sushi craving, which is trouble, since the place is an hour away!
Post # 15
@bells: Yes, I do believe that most places would defininitely have the veggie sushi in completely different prep surfaces. Lots of vegetarians would be mad if their veggie touched a fish, so I think for this reason veggie sushi is extra safe.
Post # 16
There’s always a risk to you when you eat anything raw or undercooked, but your system can usually handle a small infection– most times you don’t even notice that it affects you, because your system handles it so well. (The same goes for sliced deli lunch meat- I’m sure it’s had listeria on it before when one of us has eaten it, but our bodies handle the bacteria very easily. A baby can’t handle the bacteria.)
The baby’s system cannot handle it, so a very small infection can be very damaging or detrimental to the baby. That said, it’s always your choice– some mothers are more relaxed while others follow every rule!