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Hi, as a pregnant woman... 1) can i consume seafood i.e. prawns, squid heads, mussels etc and is it risky to have the leftovers the next day? 2) can i sleep on my back?

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Dr. Sudeshan Govender
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Pregnancy : Avoid seafood and shellfish in pregnancy due to increase mercury levels and risk of algae related illnesses . In general pregnant women should eat freshly prepared foods . Leftover home cooked meals can be eaten within 24hrs provided refrigerated at temp <5 degrees Celsius. Avoid takeout. In second half of pregnancy sleeping on back can compress vena cava and disrupt blood flow. Sleep on side.

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