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We know how much you’re craving sushi, thinking there's no way around it. Well, actually there is, and we have the secret. Not to mention, there are many myths about pregnancy – you need to eat twice as much, you have to quit drinking coffee cold turkey, and, maybe most of all, you can’t eat your beloved meal of choice: sushi. There’s no better time than summer to break down what’s true and what’s false about this common misconception, so you can eat your California roll in peace.
There are certain types of sushi that pregnant women can’t consume, particularly that of the undercooked/raw variety. Fish that’s high in mercury (tuna, namely) is a no-no as well. The FDA also recommends pregnant women stay away from swordfish, king mackerel, and more, for the same reason. Be sure to read up on the full list here. So that spicy tuna roll will have to wait, as will sashimi and other common raw rolls. When in doubt, just ask when ordering what kind of fish it is and if it’s cooked or uncooked.
For the same reason as to why you shouldn’t eat lunch meat (unless it’s heated) throughout pregnancy, sushi can cause listeriosis, a kind of food poisoning that could cause harm to you and the baby. Besides the usual symptoms of food poisoning, listeriosis is particularly risky to the baby because it could cause infections in addition to heart and/or kidney issues. As much as you love sashimi salad or fresh ceviche, just imagine how good it will taste post-baby when you’re in the clear.
Cooked sushi rolls can be found on nearly any menu. Look for the classic California roll, made with cooked crab, avocado, and cucumber. But just because it’s cooked doesn’t mean you can’t still be adventurous – the unagi roll is made with cooked eel, for instance. Or choose a spicy shrimp roll or one of the many made without fish entirely: the cucumber maki roll, cucumber avocado roll, and rolls with other vegetables like mushrooms, eggplant, and different types of seaweed.
And is there any better excuse for date night than International Sushi Day? For a casual look head-to-toe, keep it simple with our maternity shirt dress – a closet staple for 1st to 4th & beyond. Look flirty in the best-selling Pietro Brunelli Embroidery Maternity Dress, which looks as effortless as it does pretty. And don’t forget about this Something Navy favorite - the maternity slip dress of the season - also by Pietro Brunelli. Its olive color & spaghetti strap design simply can’t be passed up for a Friday night out.
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*BE SURE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR WITH ANY DIETARY OR NUTRITIONAL CONCERNS.*
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