We have all heard that during pregnancy it is prohibited to consume raw fish and shellfish, but in reality, in addition to these, we must avoid any raw food of animal origin such as pork, lamb, chicken, beef, eggs, etc. since they may contain bacteria or parasites such as toxoplasma. Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that almost does not affect the mother but in the baby it can cause serious damage to their brain development, nervous system, skin, ears, low birth weight or premature birth.
To reduce the risks, if you like medium-rare or three-quarter meat, now order well-cooked and avoid at all costs the consumption of raw or undercooked foods, whether sashimis, cocktails, ceviches or sushi. Be careful adding lemon to the fish! That does not cook it, it only changes its color, lemon does not kill parasites. If you order a sushi that has nothing raw, you can eat it but water it with those that are breaded or fried, which although in theory they have nothing raw, they can have excess fat and are not ideal.
Commercial mayonnaises and dressings use pasteurized eggs and are safe, but you have to be careful with homemade mayonnaise preparations, Caesar dressing, creams, meringues or grandma’s famous smoothie that adds raw eggs, as it may contain salmonellosis and likewise cause serious complications.