Shell Fish Safe

16 Replies
ry - October 14

i keep hearing conflicting things-is it ok to eat shrimp, crab legs and lobster? what about scallops?

 

..... - October 14

no

 

bean - October 14

What?! Why not? Scallops (to my knowledge) are perfectly safe! They have high levels of omega-3 (which the baby needs for brain development) and very low if no levels of mercury since they don't eat other fish. So what is unsafe about them? I haven't heard anything wrong about other shellfish either. The only fish you absolutely should stay away from are swordfish, king mackerel, shark, and a few other large fish that prey on smaller fish (and therefore have higher levels of mercury than is recommended).

 

nic nac - October 14

my doctor told me to stay away from shellfish. i still eat shellfish but not as often as i did before i got pregnant. Supposedly they have a lot of mercury. not as much as what bean mentioned. There is so much conflicting info out there to krep up that i just eat what i want but stay away from tuna and soda.

 

bump - October 14

bump

 

Beth - October 14

Here's a website for you guys:http://pregnancytoday.com/refere nce/articles/dietdonts.htm

 

nic nac - October 14

i can't find that article. the link doesn't work.

 

Mandi - October 14

nic nac try this --- unfortunately when some links are copied and pasted they add extra / or - ... http://pregnancytoday.com/reference/articles/dietdonts.htm

 

Beth - October 14

Sorry, it's http://pregnancytoday.com/reference/articles/dietdonts.htm

 

Beth - October 14

I don't know why it's doing that, take out the dashes, it worked and has info and links on what not to eat

 

bean - October 14

Check out the American Heart a__sociation's reference on mercury levels and levels of omega-3 in fish: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3013797. If link doesn't work for you, go to americanheart.org, then click on encyclopedia, then on F for "fish" and you'll see a definition for fish and mercury and omega-3.

 

nic nac - October 14

it says the page has moved. oh well. if any one knows whether or not shellfish is safe like crab and lobster let me know. i am a seafood lover and it's hard to convince my husband that eating shellfish sometimes isn't bad.

 

bean - October 14

Thanks for the article Beth. It doesn't say anything about scallops, and the only thing it says about shellfish is that they "may" contain bacteria. Well sure! EVERYTHING "may" contain bacteria! But as long as you don't eat them raw, cooking should kill any bacteria. I personally think fish (esp salmon) is a really good idea because you need those omega-3's to help the baby's brain development. Don't stay away from good for you foods just because some article says they "may" have bacteria.

 

nic nac - October 14

i agree bean.

 

val - October 14

I have been told as long as you aren't eating shrimp and crab and clams and those kinds of things all the time, you should be fine. But you can only eat them if they are cooked, and from what I have been told, you shouldn't eat them cold, only after they have been heated until steaming.

 

karen - October 14

My doctor said all that stuff is fine as long as it's cooked. All the big fish that prey on smaller fish should only be eaten in moderation. I get scared to read all those sites that say don't eat this or this because they all contradict each other! If you don't feel comfortable eating it, don't eat it, but I think most if it's fine in moderation. I was wondering though--why, nic nac, do you stay away from soda? Just a personal thing, or have you read something negative about it?

 

bean - October 14

Karen - I'll chime in on the soda thing... First of all - it's just empty calories. Secondly, almost everything has caffeine, which isn't so good. If you go with diet, you really have to watch for aspartame (not so good for you either). So too much sugar, caffeine, etc isn't so good for you. Try bubbly water and add fruit juice - or my fav - gingerale (not diet) in moderation.

 

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