Can You Eat Crawfish While Pregnant?
Can you eat crawfish while pregnant? Can it harm your baby? These are some common questions of most women. Let get started.
You’ve spent months planning and waiting, and now it’s finally time to welcome your new baby into the world! While this exciting time in your life will bring plenty of challenges, there are some things you can do to ensure you and your baby stay healthy throughout the pregnancy.
Eating crawfish while pregnant has many benefits, but it’s important to know the right way to do it so you and your child have the best possible outcome. Here are some tips on how to eat crawfish while pregnant and why it’s worth a try!
Benefits of Eating Crawfish While Pregnant
While there aren’t any specific studies on eating crawfish while pregnant, it’s safe to say that eating crawfish regularly (and responsibly) has its benefits. A 2014 study from Louisiana State University found women who ate at least 3 ounces of blue crab meat per week were less likely to suffer a spontaneous miscarriage than those who didn’t.
The same study also found men who eat more seafood are less likely to develop prostate cancer. Just another reason why all moms-to-be should be eating more of our delicious Louisiana blue crabs!
How to Avoid Cravings in the First Trimester
It’s easy to crave strange foods when you’re pregnant. But some of these cravings can actually be dangerous. For example, many women are tempted to eat crawfish while pregnant because they think it will help them avoid food cravings. This is not true, however; in fact, crawfish can contain bacteria that could make your body reject your baby by inducing an early miscarriage.
If you need help avoiding food cravings during pregnancy, take a look at our guide on what to eat in order to fight off hunger pangs during all three trimesters of pregnancy: What to Eat When Pregnant: The Ultimate Guide. It contains all sorts of helpful tips and tricks for staying satisfied without going over your recommended daily calorie count.
Is it Safe to Eat Mature Crawfish or Eggs During Pregnancy?
Eating crawfish and crawfish eggs during pregnancy can be a great way to add some variety to your diet. However, there are some important considerations you should make before enjoying a plate of Cajun crawdads.
For example, it’s not recommended that pregnant women eat raw seafood like oysters or sushi due to bacteria that could potentially lead to food poisoning; read on for more information about eating seafood while pregnant. Remember, you should always consult with your doctor before introducing new foods into your diet.
What about Eating Live Crawfish During Pregnancy?
A lot of pregnant women are asked to not eat undercooked foods or uncooked seafood. The concern is that there’s potential for infection from bacteria like salmonella and listeria, which can cause serious complications during pregnancy, says Yolanda Jones, PhD, a professor in Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
That said, I’ve had patients who have eaten all kinds of raw seafood—scallops, oysters and shrimp—during their pregnancy with no problems. To be safe when eating live crawfish during pregnancy (or any type of undercooked meat), make sure they are fully cooked through and discard any pink parts before you chow down.
Will My Husband be Able to Smell a Baby on Me if I’ve Been Eating Crawfish During My Pregnancy?
There are many benefits of eating crawfish during pregnancy. Many women claim that it makes their husbands have a stronger sense of smell, which allows them to know when they’re pregnant in their first trimester. Other benefits include an increase in sexual desire and increase strength of orgasms, making your overall experience more pleasurable.
There aren’t any known risks or side effects to consuming crawfish while pregnant; however, you should be aware that some varieties contain large amounts of mercury which can cause harm to your baby. If you choose to eat crawfish as part of a healthy diet plan, go with Cajun or white varieties and consume no more than 3 servings per week.
I’m just one of many women that love crawfish. That’s why it can be hard to figure out whether or not you can eat crawfish while pregnant. In fact, a recent study suggests eating crawfish during pregnancy might lower your chances of developing gestational diabetes—which is a serious health concern for pregnant women and their children.
So, what does all of that mean for you? If you’re about to have a baby, go ahead and enjoy some crawfish but don’t overdo it. Too much salt is bad for you and your baby-to-be!