Rare and raw fish, shellfish and meat should be avoided throughout your pregnancy.
Consuming any of these items exposes you to bacterial infection and parasites that can be passed on to your baby, which could result in impaired growth and brain development. This doesn’t mean you have to avoid Japanese restaurants entirely, just order a fully cooked alternative to sushi.
As for fully cooked seafood, make smart choices.
Check out our guide to what’s safest and most nutritious >>