Crawfish: Is it good for a pregnant woman?

Pregnancy is a time to rejoice as a new life is living inside you. Women find the moment totally surprising and full of excitement when they see the test positive.

A new life will be a new beginning for the ones who have kept planning to have a baby and so they keep every possible care to bring a healthy one in this world.

Pregnant women have to be very careful in what they do and what they eat. A healthy diet will keep everything in balance for the woman and her baby whereas the wrong food choices often make you suffer from miscarriage.

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Certain foods are strictly prohibited in pregnancy as the little one cannot resist the wrong food intake. Some people say that the early pregnancy period of 3 months is the only time frame to take care of what you eat and the rest is okay to eat anything.

However, this may be true to some extent as care is better than regretting it later. Foods like papaya, pineapple, high mercury fish, raw meat and raw eggs are on the avoid list to avoid any damage to the fetus.

Fish is on the list because of its high mercury content but there are fishes containing low levels of mercury which are okay to consume.

Crawfish is one of the fishes considered safe during pregnancy and may be a good source of nutrients for the baby. Hence, the pregnancy is a high alert period of balancing between cravings and safe food choices.

More About Crawfish

Crawfish is similar to a lobster in taste and smell but much smaller smaller in size. Both are prepared usually in the same way but it is better to cook to about 145 degree fahrenheit for developibg baby’s safety.

As the mercury levels are lowest in crawfish as compared to other seafood, it is considered safe during pregnancy but still the intake should be limited to no more than 12 ounce per week.

Small portions will be fine as seafood is also high in omega 3 fatty acids which is good for heart. Seafood intake moderation can be beneficial for both mother and baby but still this remains a debatable topic.


How can Crawfish Harm Growing Baby?

Crawfish, when consumed in moderation is good for health but an overindulgence can actually harm the mother and baby. The baby will be prone to risky childbirth, neuropsychological and behavioral issues.

However well cooked food is considered safe for pregnant women but seafood toxins are still there which may not be removed through cooking.

Nothing can be safer than avoiding foods you’re doubtful about as a healthy growing baby is a lot more worth enjoying than the seafood. Even then if a pregnant women wants to eat crawfish, she should be sure about the source so as to keep safe from toxins intake.

Benefits of Crawfish or Harms of Crawfish?

Pregnant women craving for crawfish often get confused with whether to opt for it or not. The beneficial properties tell that seafood is full of omega 3 fatty acids which helps develop the baby’s brain whereas on the other hand the mercury levels and toxins will adverserly affect neuropsychological health of the baby and will risk childbirth too.

A pregnant women should never risk her baby’s health in terms of food as the time will come when you may have all that you want but now is the time to think for your baby. Although safe levels of mercury consumption has been studied to be 12 ounces per week, it will be a risk to even expose the fetus to safe levels.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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