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Doctor insights on: Eating Raw Seafood During Pregnancy

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And can we get hepatitis b by eating raw seafood like cockles, mussels, etc?

And can we get hepatitis b by eating raw seafood like cockles, mussels, etc?

No: Hep a yes, but not hepb which is blood-borne ie sexual contact, IV drugs, etc..

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Is lobster safe to eat during pregnancy like in a bisque? Only raw seafoods or high mercury fish like tuna are a problem, right?

Is lobster safe to eat during pregnancy like in a bisque? Only raw seafoods or high mercury fish like tuna are a problem, right?

Lobster: Lobster, prawns, scallops, etc are safe during pregnancy. Many large ocean fish now contain unacceptable levels of mercury due to mans contamination of the sea. Fish can be a very good food during your pregnancy. One to two servings a week is recommended. The fish high in mercury are king mackerel, shark, swordfish and tilefish. Tuna is actually ok, but salmon would be a better choice.

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Should I be eating more fish during pregnancy?

Should I be eating more fish during pregnancy?

Not necessarily: You should have a well balanced diet - that may include fish. You should limit your consumption of large saltwater fish to one serving per week to minimize mercury intake.

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Cooked red snapper fish is safe during pregnancy?

Cooked red snapper fish is safe during pregnancy?

Yes: All meat, poultry and fish should be eaten cooked; no raw or undercooked food. In addition, while preparing food, make sure to separate food items and clean all surfaces. Lastly, try to limit the consumption of predator fishes, like swordfish & tuna.

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Is Gnc fish oil safe during pregnancy? Yes or no ?

Is Gnc fish oil safe during pregnancy? Yes or no ?

Nobody really knows: Over-the-counter fish oil pills are usually gelatin capsules of omega-3 fish oils with some other fish oils mixed in. They are free of mercury and other toxins if they are properly purified, so it is important to choose a trustworthy brand (VERY HARD to verify testing or research). If taken at the normally recommended doses by a pregnant or breastfeeding mom, fish oil should not cause problems.

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What is the deal with sushi during pregnancy? Safe or not? Is it just certain types of fish? Thanks

What is the deal with sushi during pregnancy? Safe or not? Is it just certain types of fish? Thanks

The FDA disapproves!: Sushi should be avoided during pregnancy for two reasons. (1) risk of bacterial infection complicating the pregnancy. (2) risk of exposure to mercury complicating the pregnancy. Certainly not worth the risk during pregnancy. Cooked sushi or vegetable-only sushi should be fine, but then we'd worry about the person making the sushi having washed his hands after handling raw fish.

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Is safe to eat frozen pangasius fish during pregnancy?

Is safe to eat frozen pangasius fish during pregnancy?

Catfish: Catfish is safe for consumption. All fish is is safe it is the amount that is the concern. Fish that are high in mercury (Swordfish, Shark) should be eaten in limited amounts.

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I've just realised now I ate spoil fish during my 36+ pregnancy. What shall do now???

I've just realised now I ate spoil fish during my 36+ pregnancy. 
What shall do now???

Symptoms : of food poisoning should occur relatively soon. If not, you should be fine. ( unless frequent high Mercury)

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Is it possible to have a fish n egg intolerance start during pregnancy and continue afterwards?

Is it possible to have a fish n egg intolerance start during pregnancy and continue afterwards?

Always possible: Pregnant women have always had a peculiar culinary taste as witnessed by certain cravings. So, intolerance to certain foods with avulsion are also likely sometimes due to odors.

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Waiting for ob appt what fish is safe to eat during pregnancy (spec early pregnancy 4wks)? If the list of unsafe fish is shorter that would work too

Waiting for ob appt what fish is safe to eat during pregnancy (spec early pregnancy 4wks)? If the list of unsafe fish is shorter that would work too

Fish: Typically it's the deep, cold water fish that are higher in mercury. It would be easy to find a list online of fish that are high in mercury that you should avoid. I also tell my patients to avoid sushi.

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Is fish oil safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Is fish oil safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Yes: Fish oil is safe and healthy for pregnant women and developing fetuses. The only concern is the possibility of contamination by elements like mercury. For that reason, pregnant women should use highly purified fish oil supplements. Many prenatal vitamins now include dha and epa, purified components of fish oil that are healthy for nervous system development.

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I am craving fish but I am also over 35 and pregnant. Is it ok to eat swai and whiting during pregnancy?

I am craving fish but I am also over 35 and pregnant.  Is it ok to eat swai and whiting during pregnancy?

In moderation: Here is a list of fish that you should avoid and other fish that are safe in moderation. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/fishmercury.htm.

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Besides a pre natal during pregnancy is there anything else helpful to take supplement wise? For example fish oil?

Besides a pre natal during pregnancy is there anything else helpful to take supplement wise? For example fish oil?

Get good brand: Get agood brand free of food dyes for prenatals, and get a good fish oil brand that does not have rancid oil in it. Go to a good health food store, or reputable food store in which you can speak to the representative there, or ask your doctor which brand s/he would recommend. Having a good organic, nonGMO diet is paramount, more important than anything, hydrating too with purified water too.

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What fish oil supplement is safe to take during pregnancy? And is it really safe? What's the highest quality brand?

What fish oil supplement is safe to take during pregnancy? And is it really safe? What's the highest quality brand?

Yes and no.: Supplements made from the body of fish, called omega-3 are safe, supplements made from the liver of fish, such as cod liver oil, are not safe. Both types of fish oil supplements contain beneficial long-chain omega-3 fatty acids,. if u eat fish once or twice a week, u don't need supplements.

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Are omega 3 fish oil capsules safe during pregnancy?

Are omega 3 fish oil capsules safe during pregnancy?

If purified: Fish oil is not only safe but highly recommended during pregnancy as a source of dha, essential for the developing brain & eyes of the baby. However, fish has traces of heavy metals like mercury & pcb's, dioixins etc. Choose a fish oil purified via pharmaceutical-grade molecular distillation & esterified to make digestible. Reliable brands include nordic naturals, designs for health& minami.

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