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Q&A: Can Pregnant Women Eat Shrimp?

Question:  Can pregnant women eat shrimp?

Answer:  The seafood controversy you are reading about is related to high mercury levels in some types of fish. The mercury can pass from mother to child and cause mercury poisoning because of rapid brain development in the fetus. Shrimp, as long as it is cooked well, is not a problem. Shark, swordfish, and tuna (fresh or frozen) should not be eaten more than once a month during pregnant. Do not eat more than one 6-ounce can of tuna a week. And absolutely avoid all raw fish while pregnant.

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