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Mar 11, 2008 12:13 PM

Can you eat lobster when you're pregnant?

Of course I'll ask my doctor this too, but DH and I are going to Maine in my third month, and I'm wondering if lobster is too high in mercury to eat during pregnancy. Do New England women eat lobster when they're pregnant?

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    1. Your question is the first time I've heard this concern. I'm not sure that lobster is affected. My DIL has been pregnant within the past two years and she never mentioned being restricted. Maybe because we don't eat a lot of lobster rolls during the summer here in NH. We've got some good places but are more apt to do daily splurges while vacationing.

      Vacation in Maine and not eat lobster rolls??? Perish the thought! You might have to go easy on the onion rings though because of the grease.

      1. I can't recall ever seeing lobster on the "no eats" list of even the most conservative of doctors.

        I say eat and enjoy!

        1. You might want to forgo the tamale (green stuff in the body) if you're a fan, is it the liver? You might want to think about where the lobster was caught also, Portland harbor is a surprisingly fertile lobster ground, but although I've never heard of any direct threat regarding lobster caught there, it's bottom mud is poluted with heavy metals and the like.

          1. I remember eating one at a wedding when I was 2 months pregnant. I figured if I couldn't have any champagne, I would enjoy the lobster. My daughter is almost 3 and doing just fine. Enjoy!