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Is it safe to eat raw oysters while pregnant?

Is it safe to eat raw oysters while pregnant?

No raw shellfish: Avoid any shellfish that are raw or undercooked. Do not eat any shellfish harvested during a red tide or when there are similar algae problems. Avoid any fish or shellfish that are obtained from areas near industrial pollution. Avoid smoked seafood. Avoid mecury. Fish with very high potential mercury levels: shark, swordfish, marlin & king mackerel, big eye & ahi tuna & orange roughy. & tilefish.

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Is it safe to eat raw oysters while I am pregnant?

Is it safe to eat raw oysters while I am pregnant?

Raw shellfish: Avoid any shellfish that are raw or undercooked. Do not eat any shellfish harvested during a red tide or when there are similar algae problems. Avoid any fish or shellfish that are obtained from areas near industrial pollution. Avoid smoked seafood. Avoid mecury. Fish with very high potential mercury levels: shark, swordfish, marlin & king mackerel, big eye & ahi tuna & orange roughy. & tilefish.

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Are raw oysters dangerous to eat, even if you hot sauce on them? What medical conditions would make a person not be allowed to eat raw oysters?

Are raw oysters dangerous to eat, even if you hot sauce on them? What medical conditions would make a person not be allowed to eat raw oysters?

Don't eat them..: Raw sea food is dangerous anyhow. Hot sauce will not do anything against bacteria. Also, since you are allergic to other foods, you may very well be allergic to sea food also. Nowadays, with all sea pollution it is not safe to eat raw sea food. Stop diet sodas. Also bad for you!

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How can you tell if raw oysters on half shell are bad?

Eat one: If you get sick, you got a bad one. If you buy them, they should have a certificate attached. Otherwise you can't tell until it's too late.

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Ate raw oysters and got sick, is this toxoplasmosis?

Ate raw oysters and got sick, is this toxoplasmosis?

No: You get toxo from undercooked meat, not oysters. You can get enteric infections (infectious diarrhea) or hepatitis a from oysters.

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50 yr old. Have eaten raw oysters on the half shell at same restaurant for past 30 years. Now on enbrel (etanercept) for ra. Any need to change my habit?

50 yr old. Have eaten raw oysters on the half shell at same restaurant for past 30 years. Now on enbrel (etanercept) for ra. Any need to change my habit?

I would: As tasty as your routine is, the fact is you can live without oysters. You might not be able to say the same with a serious infection, which you are at higher risk for on enbrel (etanercept). No matter how good the source, raw foods contain germs that can cause disease. I would not put myself at that risk. There are not any good formal studies, though, to that affect - just common sense. Your decision...

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Diarrhea, watery runny nose, pressure/headache in sinus cavity. Just returned to Boston from Florida. Drank tap water, ate raw oysters 4 days ago.

Diarrhea, watery runny nose, pressure/headache in sinus cavity. Just returned to Boston from Florida. Drank tap water, ate raw oysters 4 days ago.

Could be: Viral gastroenteritis including Influenza. Also bacterial enterocolitis from raw oysters is possiblity, but less likely. If iillness persistes beyond 3-5 days, see a doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

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Did I lose my mucus plug? 40 weeks pregnant today, felt like I was leaking something so went to bathroom. When I wiped I found something about an inch long, grayish in color, and dry. Sort of resembles an oyster. Should I call my doctor?

Did I lose my mucus plug? 40 weeks pregnant today, felt like I was leaking something so went to bathroom. When I wiped I found something about an inch long, grayish in color, and dry. Sort of resembles an oyster. Should I call my doctor?

The: The mucus plug is mucus that protects the uterus from bacteria or other infections during pregnancy. The plug is usually passed because the cervix is dilating. It can be stringy, sticky or look a lot like the mucus that could come from your nose. So, when you say it looks like an oyster, I am guessing that you mean the material from the interior of the oyster and not the very hard shell on the outside. It can be clear, opaque or pink tinged. If you are bleeding bright red blood (more than a small amount) that is of more concern. Passing the mucus plug does not give you very exact information about when you will go into labor. A woman could go into labor within hours or within weeks after she passes her plug. Congratulations on the pending arrival of your new baby. Usually your doctor will give you directions about when he or she wants you to go the hospital. I.E., timing of contractions. If you are not contracting and don't have bleeding (ie more than a couple teaspoons of blood) you can probably let your doctor know at the next visit. Usually visits are more frequent once your pregnancy is this far advanced. If you are having symptoms suggestive of labor, or you have a release of fluids, yes call your doctor.

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Is it good to eat raw or cooked sushi while pregnant??

Is it good to eat raw or cooked sushi while pregnant??

Safer than you think: It's usually safe to eat sushi and other dishes made with raw or cooked fish when you're pregnant. However, depending on what fish the sushi is made from. For more information bring up your concerns with your gynecologist or OB-GYN.

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Is it ok to eat raw flour during pregnancy. I have started craving it.

Is it ok to eat raw flour during pregnancy. I have started craving it.

No: Cravings for specific foods are generally an indication of a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Please indicate to your prenatal care provider that you are having these specific cravings. Your provider is likely to recommend further testing to determine if you have a nutritional deficiency that can be corrected.

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Can I eat raw potatoes, onions and bell peppers while pregnant im 7 months pregnant?

Can I eat raw potatoes, onions and bell peppers while pregnant im 7 months pregnant?

Sure!: No problem, unless you are allergic to any of them! Make sure you wash them well before eating. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy.

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I am pregnant just found out a week ago today! Last night I went out to eat and ate a peice of raw chicken. I am very scared as to what will happen.?

I am pregnant just found out a week ago today! Last night I went out to eat and ate a peice of raw chicken. I am very scared as to what will happen.?

Most likely OK...: Raw chicken will not necessarily make you sick unless contaminated with the infamous salmonella etc... For the most part, even with contaminated with salmonella, many people don't get sick consuming it because of small number of bugs--stomach acid helps. So, it was last night and you are feeling ok now, you should be fine. If abd pain, n/v start etc, consult doc. Congrats on pregnancy. Good luck.

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I’m currently 10-week pregnant can I eat chocolate Marquise? I’m worried cuz I just found out it maybe unbaked and made from raw eggs

I’m currently 10-week pregnant can I eat chocolate Marquise? I’m worried cuz I just found out it maybe unbaked and made from raw eggs

Not a problem: Tiny risk that you might catch something from uncooked eggs like salmonella but no risk to the developing baby as the uterus is well protected.

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Is it safe to eat raw zuccini while 14 weeks pregnant?

Is it safe to eat raw zuccini while 14 weeks pregnant?

Raw vegetables: There should be no problem eating raw zucchini at any stage of your pregnancy, as long as you can wash it in clean water.

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I eat a raw hotdog and I'm 36 weeks pregnant. Is my baby going to be okay?

I eat a raw hotdog and I'm 36 weeks pregnant. Is my baby going to be okay?

Talk to your OB: You should discuss this with your obstetrician.