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Shrimps and other sea foods should never be eaten raw. This is because they contain some parasites and worms which are dangerous to the health of the pregnant woman and her baby. These bacteria are passed from the mother to the baby causing serious health challenges. Some harmful bacteria such as listeria and antibiotics are also found in shrimps. These bacteria have been known to cause miscarriages among pregnant women. For safety purposes, shrimps should be cooked at temperatures of over 74° degrees. At this temperature the worms and bacteria will not survive. If you use a microwave to cook, make sure that the food is cooked evenly at all edges.
There is a concern about the levels of mercury in seafood. Shrimps as opposed to
other seafood's have lower levels of mercury. Studies undertaken with tinned shrimps
have been found to have very low levels of mercury that are not harmful to the human
body. However, the weekly limit of shrimp consumption should not be exceeded. The
mercury in seafood is usually absorbed from the sediments in the water bodies. This
means that not all seafood will have mercury deposits but rather it will depend on
the area from which the seafood came from. Mercury affects the fetus in a profound
way. It interferes with the development of the nervous system. Mercury can cause
language learning delays in children and memory impairment. Children who are exposed
to mercury when growing in the womb will manifest these effects at one point during
their development. The body is not also able to dispose of mercury and this leads
to accumulation to levels that can be fatal leading to death.
If the shrimp has been stored in the fridge, first make sure it thaws completely.
Do not use the microwave to do this. Then you can devein it. This is the process
of removing the intestinal tract and the back vein from the shrimp. This can be done
with the help of a pointed utensil. After this use some warm water to thoroughly
clean the shrimp.
Boiling shrimp is better than all other forms of cooking. Not many people will agree
with this but when pregnant, it's the safest cooking method. Boiling shrimps will
be required if it has been frozen. However, the main point here is not the method
of cooking but rather if the shrimp was stored and cooked properly.
Shrimp are an excellent source of protein which is needed for the normal development
of the baby growing inside you. They contain high amounts of iron. This is one element
that is needed in abundance by pregnant women. Shrimp is also known to contain omega-
Shrimp paste is one of the most popular methods of consuming shrimps. In fact most
countries in Asia and lately in the Americas have been using shrimp paste condiment
in their diets. Shrimp paste can be bought from a grocery store in its raw state
and cooked at home. The main advantage of the shrimp paste is that it can be served
with a wide variety of foods. Some of the foods served with the shrimp paste include
rice, winged beans and even some fruit salads. However, in the case of pregnant women,
they should never take it raw.
It is safe to eat shrimps during pregnancy. According to the Food and Drug Administration,
the body that regulates food and drugs consumption in the United States it is absolutely
safe to eat shrimps. However, pregnant women should eat 8-
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