Hi, I’m in my first trimester and wondering if it’s safe to eat takeaway fish and chips and if so which types of fish can I eat. Thank you

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  • I’d be more concerned how it is cooked. Eg. grilled fish, or fish cooked in olive oil etc is very healthy as are oven baked potato chips without additives. Deep fried fish in vegetable oil/canola oil/sunflower oil/soybean oil is just very unhealthy in general, as is anything cooked in these types of oil, as a one off thing here and there it’s fine in moderation but you should look into videos about how industrial seed oils are really made.. Worth paying more to go to a nice restaurant that cooks in high quality not super processed oils or doing it home made. You would have to eat an absolutely rediculous amount of fish to need to have any worry about too much mercury. Does anyone know anyone who has even had “too much mercury” from eating fish? I sure don’t. I regularly enjoy chili tuna in olive oil. The ultra refined oils at take away shops were causing my nausea to be so much worse during the 1st trimester (just hit the 2nd trimester) I recently started buying organic potatos from a local co-op and cooking them at home with olive oil and himalayan pink rock salt they are delicious!! Plus i feel really good sharing them with my daughter too knowing they don’t have all those additives in them. Working in a store that sells take away food (with mostly deep fried based food) really opened my eyes to the ingredients in a lot of products.

  • I ate takeaway fish and chips during pregnancy and both kids were fine.

  • i believe steamed fresh fish is great i put some ginger and shallot and soy sauce

  • Fish can have high amounts of mercury so it is best left to only small amounts.

  • Try maintaining a healthy diet – your body will soon advise you if it won’t put up with certain foods. Don’t cut them out completely but try agaun a few moinths down the track. Good luck.

  • I think you’re supposed to be careful of how much tuna you eat – because it can have high concentrations of mercury – but I don’t recall warnings about other fish.

  • Thoughts on this change all the time. I would be asking the doctor where to go for advice so you can speak to someone.

  • Firstly congratulations
    Secondly I feel if you , yourself is okay with eating it , with the acceptance of the risk of getting sick from it , is entirely up to one’s self ! I personally only ate minimal amounts and very rarely

  • I had low mercury fish once a week, like salmon or trout. Barramundi was unfortunately a no no.

  • Hopefully there are some good sites and books on pregnancy and food that can assist with finding information. Books can be borrowed from the library if not wanting to purchase books or needing to stick to a budget.

  • I could not touch this kind of food during pregnancies. Best to get advice from your GP or nurse on foods.

  • Congrats on your pregnancy. As mentioned by others, I would consult with your doctor or health nurse to get the best medical advice.

  • I’d have a chat to your doctor and see what they recommend.


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