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Topic: Is It Safe to Eat Scallops During Pregnancy?

The old adage about how you’re “eating for two” during pregnancy is true and false all at the same time. You shouldn’t double your calories, but everything that you put into your body while you’re pregnant directly or indirectly affects your baby, too.

That’s why doctors urge you to be cautious about what you eat when pregnant — both to avoid eating foods that might contain substances that are potentially harmful to a developing baby and to maximize the nutritional benefit to both of you.

If you’re a big seafood fan, you might have to tinker with your diet a little bit.

Many kinds of fish are rich in protein and other nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats that are good for your body and your brain (and your baby’s, too).

But you’re better off avoiding some kinds. For example, you should probably give most sushi a pass, since many kinds of sushi contain raw fish and can expose your growing baby to mercury and bacteria.

But what about scallops? Where do these bivalve mollusks fall on the hierarchy of foods to eat while pregnant? The short answer: They’re good for you during pregnancy, but perhaps not in the way you’re used to having them.

When scallops are OK during pregnancy?

Experts encourage people to include seafood as part of a healthy diet during pregnancy. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025, as well as the Food and Drug AdministrationTrusted Source, recommend 8 to 12 ounces of seafood per week, as long as you choose fish and shellfish low in mercury. That’s about three servings.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also recommends that you eat two to three servings of a variety of fish each week if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, making sure to avoid fish with a higher mercury content.

Topic Discussed: Is It Safe to Eat Scallops During Pregnancy?

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