When it comes to pregnancy and nutrition, certain types of seafood get a bad rap. Pregnant women should avoid some fish that contain too much mercury, while others should not be eaten at all (until after birth). But imagine spending all day adding yourself child records when the seafood craving hits when nothing else will do—that will be be seafood!

Can pregnant women eat lobster?

Like all marine crustaceans (crabs, shrimp, etc.), lobsters should be handled similarly to other types of shellfish.

“It is safe for pregnant women to eat lobster and other shellfish during pregnancy, as long as it is carefully cooked to the correct internal temperature,” says Dr. Renita White, OB-GYN and consultant to The Honey Pot Co. “According to ACOG, the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lobster is classified as one of the ‘best choices’ of seafood for pregnant women.”

As with any other food, the key is to eat it responsibly with fresh produce, whole grains and other lean proteins. A lobster roll with some mayo? Good idea. A rich lobster bisque that’s almost half butter? Probably less wise (and a recipe for pregnancy heartburn).

Can pregnant women eat cooked lobster?

Again, White reiterates that as long as your lobster is cooked properly and all the way through, it’s safe and healthy to eat. Not only that, the nutritional aspect is doing well for lobster lovers. It’s a great source of protein when you’re not in the mood for chicken or lean meat.

“Seafood, like lobster, can also be an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that support the development of the baby’s brain and eyes.”

Is lobster high in mercury?

Almost all fish around the world contain mercury. This dangerous liquid metal falls microscopically from the air and accumulates in sea sediments. From there it turns to methylmercury that fish absorb. Eating any fish regularly can build up in the bloodstream over time, making it dangerous to consume in large amounts.

Some seafood, especially larger fish like tuna, contains too much mercury for pregnant women to consume regularly or in large amounts, but White says lobster falls on the “safe list.”

“Typically, fish that are higher in the food chain that tend to be predators have more mercury,” White adds of the fish advisory. “This includes shark, king mackerel and swordfish.

Plus, it’s difficult for the typical person to consume truly massive amounts of lobster meat—it’s simply too expensive for the average consumer to add to their daily diet.

Is lobster healthy to eat during pregnancy?

Overall, the consensus is that lobster is completely safe to eat during and after pregnancy because it is low in mercury and an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. The key is to be 100% sure it is not raw or undercooked to keep you and your baby safe from illness or food poisoning.

How much lobster can pregnant women eat?

The Food and Drug Administration advises that when eating any seafood, such as properly cooked lobster meat, do so in moderation. It’s also important to check local advisories to make sure freshly caught lobster is safe to eat.

Lobster servings for pregnant women range from eight to 12 ounces per week, along with other sources of protein. So go ahead and plan your next date night around that buttery steamed lobster roll you’ve been craving.

Are there any nutritional benefits to eating lobster?

Yes! Lobster contains important omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12. Both protect against a plethora of health problems. Just three and a half ounces of lobster has 89 calories, 19 grams of protein and less than one gram of fat. It is a lean, low-calorie protein source to eat.

And here’s a happy bonus for shellfish lovers – lobster also contributes to your health and your growing baby’s brain development.

The bottom line is that you can eat carefully cooked lobster as part of a healthy diet whether you are pregnant or not. Food safety is paramount with fish and shellfish.

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