Calamari and Pregnancy Safety and Safeguards


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Calamari and other seafood are excellent sources of nutrients, and part of a healthy diet while pregnant. But especially when it comes to pregnancy, many people wonder about the mercury. Precautions while Consuming Calamari during Pregnancy. Although calamari is considered safe for consumption during pregnancy, a lot depends on how it is served.

So let’s look into some precautions to take once you decide to include calamari in your diet. Precautions While Consuming Calamari During Pregnancy Ensure you do not eat deep fry calamari during pregnancy, as it totally reduces its nutritional value. Deep frying adds The best option would be to eat calamari steamed or just sautéed which not only tastes yummy but also provides you with. Certain foods aren’t safe to eat while you’re pregnant, but you can include calamari in your healthy pregnancy diet. Calamari supplies many of the nutrients your growing baby needs but isn’t.

Good news! Calamari is safe to eat in pregnancy, as long as it’s well cooked. Squid is considered a shellfish and the NHS says cooked shellfish is fine to eat when you’re pregnant. This includes calamari, which is battered, deep fried squid rings. You should avoid eating raw or undercooked shellfish though as it can cause food poisoning.

During pregnancy, you’re more susceptible to food poisoning. In general, calamari (squid rings) is a “yes,” as doctors say it is perfectly safe for pregnant women to eat. However fish and seafood as a category is not so simple, with concerns about mercury levels, freshness and susceptibility to contamination all coming into play.

Squid, calamari Rating Okay Description Seafood, like squid or calamari, is very nutritious and full of great vitamins, minerals, omega-3’s, and lean protein. Because the mercury levels are considered to be the lowest in this seafood, squid may be enjoyed with two 6-oz servings a week. Although the mercury in seafood isn’t a concern for most adults, special precautions apply if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you regularly eat fish high in mercury, the substance can accumulate in your bloodstream over time.

Too much mercury in your bloodstream could damage your baby’s developing brain and nervous system. Take precautions to avoid both bug bites and excessive repellent exposure during pregnancy. CDC advises not to use Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or PMD on very young children, so avoid it while pregnant. Some botanical repellents may be worth trying if bug-borne disease is not a concern, but be aware that many contain highly concentrated allergens.

Energy drinks and excessive coffee. Up to 200 milligrams a day of caffeine is considered safe during pregnancy. That amounts to about 12 ounces of drip coffee, which sounds like a lot until you consider your consumption throughout the day.

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Since 2004, the US Environmental Protection Agency and FDA have advised pregnant women and women of childbearing age who may become pregnant to avoid eating predator fish (i.e., shark, swordfish, king mackerel, bigeye tuna, and tilefish) in which organic mercury may be bioconcentrated.

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by Robert Resnik, Charles J. Lockwood, et. al.
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For further information on seafood safety, visit these Web sites:

“Sushi For Dummies” by Judi Strada, Mineko Takane Moreno
from Sushi For Dummies
by Judi Strada, Mineko Takane Moreno
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Raw shellfish are intermediary hosts and should be avoided during pregnancy 4.

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The most obvious means of avoiding this poisoning is to avoid shellfish from uncontrolled areas during times of possible problems.

“Nutrition and Dietetics' 2007 Ed.2007 Edition” by Mcwilliams, Margaret
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by Mcwilliams, Margaret
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Cooked oysters are far safer.

“The Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health” by Robert A. Ronzio
from The Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health
by Robert A. Ronzio
Facts On File, 2003

Other precautions include the use of gloves for all persons handling seafood commercially and warnings for sports fisherman or others involved in marine activities of the risk of infection if they have an open wound or abrasion or have a penetrating injury (such as with a fishhook).

“Antimicrobial Drug Resistance: Clinical and Epidemiological Aspects, Volume 2” by Douglas L. Mayers, Jack D. Sobel, Marc Ouellette, Keith S. Kaye, Dror Marchaim
from Antimicrobial Drug Resistance: Clinical and Epidemiological Aspects, Volume 2
by Douglas L. Mayers, Jack D. Sobel, et. al.
Springer International Publishing, 2017

See “Pregnancy: More Reasons for Food Safety” for types of seafood to avoid for safety reasons later in this chapter.

“American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Revised and Updated 4th Edition” by Roberta Larson Duyff
from American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Revised and Updated 4th Edition
by Roberta Larson Duyff
HMH Books, 2012

Raw shellfish are particularly hazardous.

“Foodborne Bacterial Pathogens” by Michael Doyle
from Foodborne Bacterial Pathogens
by Michael Doyle
Taylor & Francis, 1989

This fact makes raw shellfish consumption by far the most risky food from a food safety standpoint (Olivera et al., 2011).

“Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology” by Richard K. Robinson, Carl A. Batt
from Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology
by Richard K. Robinson, Carl A. Batt
Elsevier Science, 2014

Other fish with high levels of mercury are shark, swordfish and king mackerel, and indeed pregnant women are advised to avoid eating such fish because the mercury thay contain could affect the foetus.

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