Is it safe to eat smoked or raw oysters during pregnancy?

Is it safe to eat smoked or raw oysters during pregnancy?

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No. Both the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration recommend that pregnant women only eat fish and shellfish that has been cooked to 145 degrees F. Cooking fish to this temperature destroys any potentially harmful parasites and pathogens (other disease-causing organisms such as bacteria and viruses).

Some types of smoking also do not cook fish or shellfish to a safe temperature, so you'll want to avoid smoked oysters as well.

Because your immune system is suppressed during pregnancy (which helps your body not attack your growing baby), you're more susceptible to foodborne illnesses, such as Listeriosis.

Eating raw or undercooked fish or shellfish could result in an illness severe enough to cause a blood infection that could be life-threatening for you and your baby.

Stick with cooked fish and shellfish, including cooked oysters.

Learn more:

Find out how to avoid mercury while eating fish during pregnancy.

Watch the video: Myth Marathon: Experts Debunk 95 Health Myths (June 2022).


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