Expert opinion from Deidre Huysamen

Dietician - Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services · 7 years of experience · South Africa

Shrimp is safe to eat during pregnancy if they have been cooked. Raw shrimp on the other hand can become a hub of live bacteria and viruses that could lead to severe food poisoning. This can potentially effect the health of the pregnancy.

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Expert opinion from Faith Seke

PhD, Agronomy and Crop Science (ongoing), Master's degree, Food Science and Technology · 1 years of experience · South Africa

As long as the shrimp is properly cooked, there is no strict limit to how much of shrimp pregnant women can consume. Shrimp is one of the safest seafood selections for pregnant women since it contains less mercury than other forms of seafood.

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Expert opinion from Michael Colangelo

Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition · 15 years of experience · USA

Properly cooked shrimp is considered a safe choice for women because it is low in mercury, a which can be detrimental to baby's health. Consuming moderate amounts of seafood provides a source of the omega-3 fatty acids that a baby needs. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend that pregnant women eat at least 8 ounces, and up to 12 ounces, of a variety of low mercury seafood per week. The US Food and Drug Administration(FDA) advises that pregnant women are at higher risk of foodborne illness and its consequences and should avoid raw seafood. For a healthy guide to choosing the right fish, the Environmental Defense Fund provides both a handy guide on toxin load in various fish species and recommended serving limits per month for men, women, and children.

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