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Is it safe to eat sushi during pregnancy?
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Ask your OB
Being able to make the best food choices in pregnancy requires knowing a lot about the condition of the fetus and oneself, knowing safe food handling practices and being aware of which particular foods might have toxins or infectious agents associated with them. It is always a good idea to ask an experienced and informed physician or dietitian about the best diet for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

In brief: Ask your OB
Being able to make the best food choices in pregnancy requires knowing a lot about the condition of the fetus and oneself, knowing safe food handling practices and being aware of which particular foods might have toxins or infectious agents associated with them. It is always a good idea to ask an experienced and informed physician or dietitian about the best diet for pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
A good place to start and read on the topic is www.mercola.com. Fish is usually not minitored by the FDA. Big fish,like tuna and salmon, have high mercury levels. Small fish may be a good alternative. If one is to eat salmon I recommend getting one that is alaskan deep sea salmon. Avoid farm raised salmon. Aside from issues of how it is raised, it also has lower omega 3 levels.
Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
In my opinion, sushi is safe to eat while pregnant.
..It's bad sushi that's unsafe to eat while pregnant. And bad sushi is unsafe to eat when you're not pregnant! thousands of pregnant women eat sushi in japan daily without bad effects. My warnings---consume sushi only in a dependable, busy store with lots of turn-over (whole foods, central market, etc.).

In brief: Yes
In my opinion, sushi is safe to eat while pregnant.
..It's bad sushi that's unsafe to eat while pregnant. And bad sushi is unsafe to eat when you're not pregnant! thousands of pregnant women eat sushi in japan daily without bad effects. My warnings---consume sushi only in a dependable, busy store with lots of turn-over (whole foods, central market, etc.).
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
I agree completely.
Dr. David Finke
In the U.S., most people aren't aware that sushi has to be flash frozen--making it safer to consume.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Definitely uncooked (raw) fish offer the risks of parasitic infections that may impact mother's health during the pregnancy.
Mercury toxicity, especially in tuna, is a direct threat to the fetus as well. Undercooked fish and the inconsistencies of food handlers are the wild card, so why chance it. There are many years ahead, after delivery, to enjoy sushi, so what's the rush now?

In brief: No
Definitely uncooked (raw) fish offer the risks of parasitic infections that may impact mother's health during the pregnancy.
Mercury toxicity, especially in tuna, is a direct threat to the fetus as well. Undercooked fish and the inconsistencies of food handlers are the wild card, so why chance it. There are many years ahead, after delivery, to enjoy sushi, so what's the rush now?
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Dr. Amy Herold
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Undercooked or raw meat of any kind should not be eaten at all in pregnancy to avoid bacterial or parasitic infections that may harm a pregnancy.
You can have sushi rolls made of cooked seafood or meats.

In brief: No
Undercooked or raw meat of any kind should not be eaten at all in pregnancy to avoid bacterial or parasitic infections that may harm a pregnancy.
You can have sushi rolls made of cooked seafood or meats.
Dr. Amy Herold
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Dr. Danielle Salhany
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Undercooked or raw foods can carry bacteria that can harm your fetus or cause miscarriage or premature delivery.
Fully cooked or all vegetarian sushi rolls are safer to consume.

In brief: No
Undercooked or raw foods can carry bacteria that can harm your fetus or cause miscarriage or premature delivery.
Fully cooked or all vegetarian sushi rolls are safer to consume.
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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Clinical Lipidology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
There are some fish that have mercury and other potential toxins.

In brief: No
There are some fish that have mercury and other potential toxins.
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
I have to go with common sense here and think that if the entire country of japan can eat sushi while pregnant then americans can too.
Like anything you eat, you want your food to be fresh, not spoiled. Any food can make you sick if it is contaminated...Even spinach and chives apparently.

In brief: Yes
I have to go with common sense here and think that if the entire country of japan can eat sushi while pregnant then americans can too.
Like anything you eat, you want your food to be fresh, not spoiled. Any food can make you sick if it is contaminated...Even spinach and chives apparently.
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Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Cooked or Raw - NO
Most of the sushi in restaurants have either salmon and tuna in it.
To be safe, ask if the salmon is a wild, deep sea type. Farm raised salmon have high levels of toxins in them and lower levels of omega 3 compared to deep sea alaskan type. Tuna has one of the highest amount of mercury levels. To be safe, eat the small type of fish. Mercury is a neurotoxin. Read more at www.Mercola.Com.

In brief: Cooked or Raw - NO
Most of the sushi in restaurants have either salmon and tuna in it.
To be safe, ask if the salmon is a wild, deep sea type. Farm raised salmon have high levels of toxins in them and lower levels of omega 3 compared to deep sea alaskan type. Tuna has one of the highest amount of mercury levels. To be safe, eat the small type of fish. Mercury is a neurotoxin. Read more at www.Mercola.Com.
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Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: No
Raw sushi is not recommended during pregnancy due to the risk of food borne illness.
You may try cooked forms of sushi, such as eel, or sushi that does not contain raw fish.

In brief: No
Raw sushi is not recommended during pregnancy due to the risk of food borne illness.
You may try cooked forms of sushi, such as eel, or sushi that does not contain raw fish.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: No
We recommend not eating raw meat or fish in pregnancy.
Unfortunately, there is an increased risk of food related illnesses like the stomach flu with raw fish. During pregnancy, these illness can infect your baby or make you so dehydrated it can affect your baby. So avoid the raw fish for just a few months please!

In brief: No
We recommend not eating raw meat or fish in pregnancy.
Unfortunately, there is an increased risk of food related illnesses like the stomach flu with raw fish. During pregnancy, these illness can infect your baby or make you so dehydrated it can affect your baby. So avoid the raw fish for just a few months please!
Dr. Megan Bird
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
Cooked = yes. Raw = no.

In brief: Yes
Cooked = yes. Raw = no.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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