Your nutritional health is vital throughout your pregnancy for a number of reasons. When you are pregnant, your ability to fight off infection is lower than usual. In addition, your unborn baby’s immune system is not fully developed. This means both you and your baby have a greater chance of getting sick from eating unsafe food.
There are a number of foods that pose a higher risk of food borne diseases and include unpasteurized (raw) milk, cheese, some juices, raw or under cooked animal foods such as seafood, meat, poultry and eggs.
Although eating seafood is safe during your pregnancy, there are some rules to be followed. First, the seafood must be cooked (no sushi!), next you need to be sure of the type of fish. Larger fish for the most part are more apt to have a higher mercury content within the tissue and you may want to limit your consumption. These include tuna, swordfish, tile fish and others. You may want to discuss in more detail which seafood is acceptable during your pregnancy with your doctor.