Is It Safe To Eat

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Tanja - May 15

Hot dogs I hear are not good to eat when you're pregnant and have no nutritional value anyway. But are sausages ok to eat? Just curious

 

Tanja - May 15

oh yah and shrimp. Like the ones that are frozen on the ring then you thaw.

 

KH - May 15

anything with nitrites is bad (deli meat, sausage, hotdogs) especially in the first and second trimesters. I heard Nathan's brand hotdogs are good and pretty natural - maybe you could look into those.

 

confused - May 15

thanks for answering. i dont really like hot dogs i think they stink and they make me sick to my stomach. but i dont think anythings wrong w/sausages

 

tanja - May 15

thanks anyone know about shrimp

 

KH - May 15

pretty sure shrimp is OK

 

JenniferB - May 15

I was told by my doctor not to eat shellfish (shrimp, clams, lobster etc..) or tuna because they contain mercury. He told me no hot dogs or stuff loaded with preservatives.

 

Maddie - May 15

I have always read that shrimp is ok, just don't eat it every single day, ya' know? Canned tuna fish is ok once a week or so...just not fresh tuna, as it contains WAY more mercury. Lobster and Crab legs are ok as long as they're eaten in moderation. Let's not limit our nutrition...just be safe.

 

JenniferB - May 15

I just found this site and thought you might be interested in it. Apparently my Obgyn is extra cautious. Shark, swordfish, tuna steaks, sea ba__s, and many other large fish are known to contain high levels of methyl mercury, a substance that can potentially cause neurologic damage when consumed in large amounts. While it is not clearly defined exactly how much seafood one would have to eat to experience harmful effects, there is reason to believe that the fetus is likely to be more susceptible than an adult because of the sensitivity of the developing nervous system. If you are pregnant--or even just of childbearing age--experts at the Food and Drug Administration advise that you limit the number of times you dine on these delicacies to no more than once a month. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) believes that these recommendations are too lenient and that pregnant women should avoid these fish altogether. Farm-raised trout and catfish, Pacific salmon, and fish sticks are safe, and canned tuna is intermediate. For more information, check out www.pirg.org/toxics/reports/brainfood.

 

JenniferB - May 15

I can't believe I went an entire summer without lobster and I could have had one! I live on Cape Cod so they were freakin everywhere too.

 

L - May 15

Hotdogs are fine but they must be thoroughly cooked thru---to steaming hot. They fall into the same category as luncheon meats (lysteria bacteria). Shrimp, lobster and other shellfish (cooked) are fine too, in moderation, no more than twice a week. No tuna, sword, shark, and try to limit tunafish (chucklight variety if you must eat it). I asked my doctor why avoid high mercury foods and she said there is a link to neurological disorders in babies ie. autism etc.

 

L - May 15

Sausages are fine too..just well cooked too! :)

 

Lovely - May 15

Ask all the crack whores who have babies (albeit addicted, but otherwise FINE) what THEy ate during pregnancy! Geesh! We, in North America, are the ONLY ones consumed by what pregnant women... well, CONSUME!! Don't have ANY wine, even though women in Europe have it with every meal. Don't eat nitrates, or any proservatives, become completely vegan, and eat only organic. That way, if your baby does have some kind of defect, you can't ever blame the hot dogs you ate during your 12th week. By the way.... Autism is NOT due to food additives!!! And if it weren't for balogna and hot dogs, during my first trimester, I wouldn't have eaten at all! If my SECOND child comes out with 9 heads, I'll let you all know!

 

Tanja - May 15

thanks to the people who responded. What's with the att_tude Lovely.

 

JenniferB - May 15

Actually Lovely I find most of your posts amusing but I can't imagine why you would go off on us for wanting to do everything we can to have healthy babies. I have an autistic child and they have done studies that mercury causes nuerological damage which is what autism is, a nuerological condition. Nobody said that it was caused by food additives.

 

Lovely - May 15

I generally look at life as one big interpretation. Mine, yours or his or hers. I am just so tired of people fretting about what the heck to EAT while pregnant. I think it's sad that North American women are so taken advantage of because we are pregnant. We, as pregnant women, are bombarded with images of skinny model, who are pregnant at thh 'specialty' clothing store, which is the only place you can buy maternity clothes, at 3 times the price. "maternity' vitamins at 5 times the cost, when multi-vitamins and some fresh friut and vegetables on a daily basis will do just fine. I am tired of being told that every whiff of 'fresh air' isn't fresh anymore due to the pollution. We should only drink bottled water instead of our tap water because it isn't 'safe'. We shouldn't eat peanuts anymore because 'studies have shown...' that it causes in-utero nut allergies. Also, don't eat hot dogs... sandwich meats, deli meats, shell fish, fresh fish, beef is high in cholesterol, chicken is ok, as long as it's grain fed... and the list goes on. !!!!! Don't you realize there is a world of marketers who are capitolizing on our fear of having or not having a healthy baby? We are so scared, that we are coming close to living in bubbles with Materna IV fed to us for 9 months. AND WE ARE THE ONLY CONTINENT WHO GOES TO THIS EXTREME!!!! I want to say country, because Cananda and the US are so similar in our general ways of thinking. We are being told everything is bad for us! EVERYTHING!!! ......... then how DO crack whores, poor, dirt-poor people who can't afford materna, teen-agers who hide their pregnancies, women who live in 3rd world countries and ALL our depression-era ancestors have healthy babies? My grandparents ate potatoes and rabbits every day. Where's the folic acid? The extra iron or calcium.? For that matter, where was the pre-natal care? Now adays, we have a better understanding, of how to have HEALTHIER babies, so we do. I am just concerned, that when we WEREN'T so concerned, we STILL had healthy babies!! Babies weigh upwards to 9 lbs! It's not because we are doing better, healthier things, it's because there's growth hormone in all we eat, or the milk we drink. My rant comes from the belief that someone on wall street has seen a HUGE untapped market of vulnearable pregnant women, eager to buy the best, have the best and do the best for their children-unborn or not. At what point do we say, "I will not spend 55.00 on 1 maternity shirt, and I will eat a hot dog at july long weekend BBQ, and my baby will be fine, even if I am stuck in traffic for an hour. Have a hot dog, or sanwich, or some tuna if that's your thing. Our babies will not suffer for the small things. Coccaine=bad... Balogna=gross, but not bad. That's why the att_tude. (hands defiantly on hips waiting for reb___tle!)

 

JenniferB - May 15

I don't particularly want to argue it. An occasional hot dog or tuna sandwich isn't bad. Eating it every day just isn't a good idea. I don't know any crack heads that have had a healthy baby. I do know a baby who was born drug addicted, he is anything but fine. The only thing that I did during my pregnancy was to stay away from high mercury fish, take prenatal vitamins, and not eat anything with a ton of nitrates. All my doctor's advice. What don't people on wall street get rich off of? Pharmacuetical companies tell everyone that there life will be all better if they just take this pill... I guess I didn't think that anyone sounded all that extreme about what they ate. Of course having raised an autistic child I am not going to consume something full of mercury when I know that it could do damage to my baby. I know what you are trying to say but just.....slowly....remove ....your ....hands...from...your...hips. and here have a gla__s of wine and a hot dog :0)

 

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