What You Should Know About Eating Shrimp While Pregnant

When you're pregnant, there is a lot of uncertainty building up to the life-altering change of becoming a parent. And yes, there are many big questions to consider, but pregnant people quite often find themselves wondering, "Can I eat that?” the most. And we get why. With every generation of new parents, it seems like they leave behind in their trail a "banned" food item on the list of what is not ok to eat while pregnant. That is why we are here to discuss one of the foods that raise the most uncertainty. Here's what you need to know about eating shrimp while pregnant.

Let's start by setting the record straight. According to Healthline, you can dine on shrimp while pregnant. The rumor that it wasn't safe likely started because there are many other seafoods out there that should be avoided when you have a bun in the oven. But shrimp isn't one of them. In fact, the nutrients found in these delicious underwater creatures can actually help with your unborn baby's development and growth.

Shrimp may be safe to eat, but be aware of how much you consume

Jonathan Schaffir, M.D., OB/GYN at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, tells Insider that shrimp is actually one of the safest kinds of seafood pregnant people can eat. Although that being said, iIt is incredibly important to make sure the shrimp has been cooked through. Schaffir warns that the consumption of uncooked shrimp can lead to an intestinal infection or hepatitis.

Now that you know it is safe, it still wouldn't be wise to drive and dive into the nearest all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. Insider tells us that it is safe for pregnant women to enjoy 8 to 12 ounces of shrimp each week. It is also safe for them to dine on clams, cod, haddock, scallops, and sardines. What needs to be especially avoided is seafood that contains high levels of mercury. Healthline lists a few of those types to be swordfish, tuna, and mackerel.

Pregnancy truly is a magical time, but the growing banned food list along with a growing belly can definitely make you feel restrained at times. That is why we're happy to clear up the rumor and let you know it's ok to enjoy shrimp if you are craving it. Just make sure it is cooked through! And it could be helpful to check in with your doctor or the Food and Drug Administration's website if you are looking to further investigate what seafood is safe to eat while pregnant.