Post # 1
My friend is having a birthday dinner at a sushi restaurant and I’d love to go. I’m actually already vegetarian, so I never eat raw/cooked fish sushi anyway, but I miss my vegetable rolls so bad. My understanding is that there’s basically only a risk if the cooking/prep surfaces have cross-contamination, if the fish has parasites, if it hasn’t been previously frozen. That seems like a pretty low risk, but I (obviously) don’t want to put my baby at risk, either. What would you do? Has your doctor advised on this at all?
Post # 2
You can tell the server you are pregnant and would preferred avoiding unnecessary cross contamination so they can relay it to the chef. However, most places are aware and take precautions for those with shellfish allergies. Risk during Pregnancy would most likely be a common issue to address
Post # 3
my doctor said if it’s a reputable place eat away (even low mercury fish).
Post # 4
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I ate sushi a few times in pregnancy, veggie rolls and rolls with cooked shrimp. I even had a few with some roe on top. I never considered the idea of cross contamination honestly but I think the risk would be super low. Plenty of women continue to eat raw sushi throughout pregnancy as well. I think it’s just about weighing the risks with your enjoyment. I avoided a lot of things like lunch meats, alcohol and basically anything at risk for listeria since it’s the most dangerous for baby but I had a few splurges here and there, the occasional runny egg, I had bacon once a week etc.
Post # 5
You could say you have seafood allergy so they’ll be super careful and wash everything… that’s if your comfortable with lying, which I’m not sure I could do convincingly…
Post # 6
If it’s a reputable place, even the seafood would be fine. There’s zero reason to miss out on vegetable rolls if that’s what you like. You’re waaaaay more likely to get food poisoning from chicken. I ate sushi (low Mercury types) frequently throughout my pregnancy without any problems.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t worry about it. I would assume the fish was flash frozen and a reputable place would take proper food handling precautions seriously. Buuuut, you can take what I say with a grain of salt (grain of rice? Sorry, bad pun) since I regularly ate sushi the first time I was pregnant and this time as well. I only avoid high Mercury fish like swordfish and tuna. My midwives only worried about undercooked game meat since we live in Alaska and many people hunt and eat game (we don’t, though).
Post # 8
All of the fish used for sushi is required to be flash frozen in the US which would take care of any parasite concerns. So, avoiding fish high in mercury content such as tuna, yellowtail, and mackerel is the main concern. Sticking to salmon, eel, squid, crab, shrimp solves that though. You should be fine just eating vegetable rolls if you’re vegetarian. You can ask about cross contamination but I wouldn’t be concerned about it for a pregnancy related issue so much as vegetarian concerns.
I have absolutely no intention of stopping my sushi intake when pregnant lol. However, it’s a personal decision so I can see why others may opt out. 🙂 Follow your doctor’s recommendation.
Post # 9
I think its not just the fish and parasites that is a concern with the sushi. I think it has something to do with the rice too. Traditionally sushi rice isn’t refrigerated after cooking it is left at room temperature as it it is easier to spread on the nori sheet. The concern is on how long it has been left out unrefrigerated. If you go to a reputable place it should be fine. If not you’ll be eating a lot of vegetable tempura! 😉
Post # 10
places should take precaution anyway… I eat veggie sushi but im allergic to meat and have never had an issue
cross contamination could kill someone so its pretty serious
Post # 11
Thank you for your responses, everyone!