It can be difficult for pregnant ladies who love sushi, to simply stay away from it during pregnancy. Well, the good news is that now pregnant ladies might not have to skip the raw fish anymore; besides, as it turns out eating fish while pregnant can help lower anxiety levels.
According to researchers from Children of the 90s at the University of Bristol and the Federal University of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, women who never ate seafood had a 53% greater likelihood of having high levels of anxiety at 32 weeks of pregnancy compared to women who ate seafood regularly. According to the results, two meals of white fish and one meal of oily fish each week would be enough to avoid anxiety.
A research from Children of the 90s has proven the beneficial effects of eating oily fish during pregnancy on a child's IQ and eyesight. This new study shows the importance of oily fish for a mother's mental health and the health and development of her baby.
Although according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists it is not recommended to eat sushi while pregnant, there is no scientific evidence linking pregnant women eating sushi with health risks to babies or complications with pregnancies. Actually, according to Dr. Amos Grunebaum, Director of Obstetrics and Chief of Labor & Delivery at Cornell Medical center, it's totally ok to consume sushi.
Additionally, in Japan, eating sushi and raw fish is actually part of a healthy diet during pregnancy as long as you eat fish with safe mercury levels, such as salmon.
The primary concern about pregnant women eating sushi seems to come from the fear of parasites. But you should know that farmed salmon is very seldom exposed to parasites, and fish is most of the time flash frozen to transport, which kills the parasites anyway.
Also, as reported by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, most seafood-related illnesses are actually due to shellfish and not fish. In fact, the risk of getting sick from seafood other than shellfish is 1 in 2 million compared to 1 in 25,000 from chicken.
So, the best thing you can do though is to talk to your doctor about your pregnancy diet. However, the expanded panic about pregnant women eating sushi seems totally overblown.
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