Pregnancy Health and Safety (Prenatal Care)
Prenatal Dietary Concerns

Can you eat scallops while pregnant?

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2008-01-18 18:14:53

Lots of different advice and opinions on this so unfortunately

this will not be a comprehensive yes or no answer here. The

majority of discussion about what types of fish and shellfish can

be eaten are based around the amount of mercury that their flesh

may contain. All sea creatures ingest mercuy to some level but as

it builds up in their flesh over time then the most danger comes

from larger longer living fish and fish that are higher in the food

chain that eat other fish. Thereby consuming all the mercury that

has built up in smaller fish. Based on the average

amount of mercury found in different species there are guidelines

that can be found for each type of fish. I have listed the main

options below. Eat Up to 1 Serving (6 ounces) per Week: *

Tuna Steaks * Canned albacore or chunk white tuna * Halibut *

Snapper Eat Up to 2 Servings (12 ounces) Per Week: * Shrimp,

crab, clams, oysters, scallops * Canned Light Tuna * Salmon * Mahi

Mahi * Pollock * Catfish * Cod My last piece of advice would be the

same as any other food related question for pregnant women and

anyone who is concerened about the quality of the food they are

buying and eating. BUY FRESH. Simple as it sounds that is the best

advice I can give anyone. Don't buy bulk, don't buy the cheapest

option and if it's possible where you live buy from farm shops or

markets where you can meet the person who has produced this. Don't

be scared to go to big fish markets they will be just as willing to

sell 1 or 2 portions to you as they will to sell 500 to your local

supermarket the only difference is that you dont have wait 3-7 days

for them to repackage and display it.

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