Daily Health Tips: Are Snails Safe In Pregnancy?

Q: Good evening Doc, please can a pregnant woman eat snail?

A: Interesting question.

Old wives’ tale has it that if you eat a lot of snails, your baby will spit a lot when born! But this is totally fiction. The fact that the snail is slimy has nothing to do with whether baby drools or not. Remember also that if your baby starts drooling when he’s teething, it has nothing to do the snails you ate when pregnant but everything to do with the process he’s going through…bringing forth teeth!

Sea food is generally healthy containing a good amount of protein and Omega 3 fatty acids which are very heart healthy. They are also rich in a lot of minerals and vitamins like Zinc, Vitamin B12, Selenium etc and they are low in calories. However, snails, crabs, prawns and shrimps are also pretty high in cholesterol.

Other issues to note include:
Shrimps, prawns and crabs are best taken fresh rather than frozen. When frozen, they have a whole lot more sodium…probably from the salt used as a preservative. This could increase blood pressure.

Avoid raw, under-cooked and uncooked seafood and shellfish especially when pregnant. Make sure prawns and shrimps are a milk white colour when cooked.

Generally, when pregnant, the main concern is the amount of mercury in the fish or sea food. Large mackerel, Swordfish, tile fish and Shark contain a large amount of Mercury that could cause defects in the baby’s developing nervous system.

So, there you have it.

Have a good night, y’all 😀

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