Most women who get pregnant quickly realize there’s a list of things you’re not allowed to eat or drink for the next 40 weeks (more or less). From soft cheese to deli meats, to alcohol and too much caffeine, the list is long and a somewhat unpleasant. There’s a reason why that lists exists, to be sure, but does it have to be so unforgiving? I mean, why can’t you eat sushi when you’re pregnant? It’s not because life is unfair, my pregnant friend, although it sure as you-know-what can feel like it.
According to BabyCenter, women who are pregnant should only eat fish and shellfish that are cooked to 145 degrees, which means sushi is usually and firmly on the “no” list for the next nine months. BabyCenter goes on to quote the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as to why, explaining, “Cooking fish to this temperature destroys any potentially harmful parasites and pathogens (other disease-causing organisms such as bacteria and viruses).” So that pretty much sums it up, right? The problem with sushi is the high rick of bacteria, but what does that bacteria mean for your body and your baby?
When you’re pregnant, your immune system is suppressed…