Say Goodbye To Sushi

You already know that you should quit smoking and limit caffeine and alcohol during pregnancy, but are you aware that you should skip sushi, too?

sushi without seafood

Celebrity mom Kourtney Kardashian recently gave birth to her second child, daughter Penelope, and after the delivery, she said she was “excited” to eat sushi again! But why did she, and so many other women, shun sushi during pregnancy? There are several reasons, actually.

Weaker immune system

During pregnancy, your body’s immune system becomes weaker and thus you are more likely to get sick – especially from food and food-born illness during pregnancy could result in a flu or it could be as serious as to cause a miscarriage or injure the fetus.

Parasites

Because parasites can live in raw fish, there is always that small chance that a parasite could slip through to your sushi without being detected by your sushi chef. Though the chance is slight, you probably don’t want to take the risk of getting a parasitic infection that could lead to liver or gastrointestinal issues that could affect you and your baby.

Fish to avoid

Experts recommend avoiding all raw fish during pregnancy and some fish altogether, even if cooked. The American Pregnancy Association suggests avoiding all fish with high levels of mercury during pregnancy since the consumption of mercury during gestation has been linked to “developmental delays and brain damage.” Topping that list of fish to avoid: shark, swordfish, and king mackerel. Tuna should also be avoided, though chunk light tuna packed in a can has lower mercury levels so it can be consumed in moderation.

The site also notes that smoked seafood, fish exposed to industrial pollutants and especially raw shellfish should also join the list of foods to avoid during pregnancy.

While the list of things you can't do during pregnancy seems to be growing, remember that once your little one arrives, you will instantly forget -- and be greateful for -- all you sacrificed to welcome a healthy baby into the world. Plus, you can always enjoy a sushi roll without fish -- like the one pictured above -- with avocado and cream cheese.

More on foods to avoid during pregnancy

10 foods pregnant women should avoid
Pregnancy food rules: What to eat, what to avoid

Picnic foods pregnant women should avoid

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