Pregnancy is a period of extreme care, especially in terms of food. It is through the food consumed that the pregnant woman transmits all the nutrients necessary for proper fetal development, in addition to maintaining her health on time. But within the extensive list of existing foods and menus, some items are not recommended for consumption at this stage because they pose risks to the health of the mother and baby, such as oriental food. But after all pregnant can you eat Japanese food or not?
Which pregnant woman has not heard about the consumption of raw fish and Japanese food? But there are many doubts about it and what you can and cannot eat. After all, how do Japanese women do during pregnancy? Of course, in Japan, food is not entirely based on the foods we know in Brazil, but some items such as raw fish, shrimp and other seafood are part of its tradition and food pattern .
Is Japanese Food Healthy?
Japanese food is considered an extremely healthy food, but during pregnancy it should be consumed with care. The pregnant woman can eat Japanese food as long as it has gone through the cooking process and is as greasy as possible. Those that make up raw fish in their assembly should be avoided since fish can pose a high risk of contamination and present a great risk to the health of the mother and the baby’s development, whatever type of fish it may be: tuna, salmon, among others.
For those in love with Japanese cuisine and who do not dispense with a sushizinho, sashimi or temaki from time to time they will have to police themselves and choose other items on the menu at least momentarily. The risks are not in the food itself, but in the preparation items. Foods assembled with raw fish only go through the cleaning process and are served in their raw state without any cooking and may be contaminated with bacteria or even have high levels of mercury as in the case of specific fish such as swordfish, mackerel and shark that have higher concentrations.
One of the main bacteria found in fish is Listeria, which usually appears due to poor conservation of fish and seafood or the lack of refrigeration in their storage. Listeriosis caused by the bacterium is responsible for spontaneous abortion, premature birth and even damage to fetal development. Pregnant women have a greater ease in contracting certain diseases, especially listeriosis due to their immune system being more sensitive than normal, so there is little care.
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Options for Japanese Food Lovers
For lovers of Japanese cuisine, great news! You will not need to completely abandon your favorite food, but you will need to choose other options from the menu. If the desire is something surreal, a true desire for pregnant you can kill the desire, as long as you know the place of preparation very well and are sure of the hygiene of the place as well as the food to be served. But it is good not to abuse and give preference to sushi prepared with other items besides raw fish.
IMPORTANT: A great tip to kill the cravings for sushi with raw fish is to freeze the food beforehand. Freezing completely kills the bacteria that may be contained in the food, as if it were cooked.
In most Japanese restaurants we can find several options and items on the menu, including the composition of sushi. Anyone who thinks that Japanese food is just raw fish is wrong! There are options assembled with rice, cucumber or those known as California, which has a bittersweet flavor and includes rice, cream cheese, strawberry or mango.
There are also nashi options that are the same known rolls, but in larger size and assembled with vegetables, omelet or vegetarian option with dried tomatoes, arugula and other options. Passing will not, just choose nutritious, tasty menu items that do not pose risks to the health of women and babies. Therefore pregnant can eat Japanese food, provided with caution !
Can You Drink Wine?
Another of the great doubts of women in relation to what they can and cannot eat and drink during pregnancy, is wine. Everyone knows that alcoholic beverages are not recommended at any stage of pregnancy , but we also know that wine has beneficial actions if taken in a moderate way. So, can pregnant women drink wine or not?
Wine is a drink resulting from the fermentation of grapes and has alcohol in its composition. Some types with higher alcohol content than others, but always existing. That is why the researches carried out on this subject divide opinions about its effects on the pregnant woman’s life and fetal development.
Some experts guarantee that consuming wine in small doses 2 to 3 times a week is not a risk. Others point out that even in small doses, there are risks. Among the risks considered are:
- Malformation of the fetus, including part of the brain.
- Congenital malformation
- Increased risk of the baby acquiring fetal alcohol syndrome
- Achieve thyroid function
Therefore the pregnant woman can drink wine as long as she is aware of the risks to the development of the fetus. In general, pregnancy is only 9 months of your life and if you manage to stay away from the glass of wine for that period it is better. Everything in life is a choice, but we always have to be aware of the possible consequences !
Like wine, any other alcoholic beverage should be avoided during pregnancy. During pregnancy, all food and drink consumed is shared with the baby inside her womb and to develop as expected, healthy and adequate nutrition is required.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.