Can I Eat Sushi While Pregnant?

Yes - The End...Nom Nom Nom!

Wish it were that easy lady. But, its also isn't as hard as everyone makes it out to be either. The real questions that need to be asked--when fantasizing about that tempura crunchy roll-- are:

1. Is it cooked?

        While there are many sushi recipes that include raw fish, there are just as many that include cooked fish. While eating raw cuts of tuna may sound delicious, eating any raw fish increases your risk of ingesting harmful bacteria that can negatively affect you and your baby during your most vulnerable time.

Remember that everything your body takes in is absorbed and passes throughout your organs and blood, and then into your baby's developing body. Our suggestion is stick with cooked fish recipes. Some examples include California rolls, Popcorn Lobster Rolls, or if you're vegan/vegetarian, a veggie roll. Yum!

wait, wait, wait... put that DoorDash app on pause! You still gotta check what types of cooked fish are safest. The next questions helps you choose the roll with more taste, and less neurotoxins.

2. How much mercury is in this fish?

       The possible addition of mercury within your fish might make you want to just say no to fish all together. If you do swear off fish, you're going to want to make sure you're supplementing for the possible missing nutrients, vitamins, and fats you'll also be avoiding.

Now, let's get something straight, you don't need to eat fish to be healthy. Yeah, vegetarians, fruitarians, vegans, elephants, giraffes, etc., all live long healthy lives without the need to consume fish.

For everyone else, just make sure to avoid fish with high levels of mercury such as Tuna, swordfish, tilefish, shark, and king mackerel to name a few. They tend to exceed the 0.3 parts per million classifying the fish as a "High Mercury" fish. Now there are many other fish you might want to avoid because of mercury levels, or just because they're anchovies. *shudders* anchovies. For a full list of fish that are on the "No Bueno" list, and the ones that are okay in portions of 6 oz. or less twice a week, visit the following page: NRDC MERCURY LIST

As always, consult with your primary care physician, midwife, doula, birth professional, or trusted family/friends. ABOVE ALL, do your research!

 

Your Sushi Dream Saving Friend,

Ernie Gochez

 

P.S. I love me some of that vegan bean roll from WholeFoods!