"Can I consume Caviar during Pregnancy?" is a common question we get.
The answer is based on several factors. Here are three things to consider:
Listeria and Pregnancy here. Generally, wild and farmed caviar that is NOT pasteurized contains listeria because of the way caviar is produced. Although the amount of listeria is minimal to none, and would generally not harm a normal healthy individual, there is a risk when it is consumed by pregnant women. However, caviar that IS pasteurized does not contain listeria - thus pasteurized caviar can be safely consumed by pregnant women.
2-Mercury, a pollutant often found in fish that can affect both a mother and child. Per FDA reports and standards, caviar generally contains the lowest mercury levels amongst seafood. Up to 6 ounces can be safely consumed per week. Fish Mercury Level information can be found here.
3-Ask your doctor. No amount of research on the internet or anywhere else is as valuable and accurate than consulting with your physician. Before consuming caviar, we highly recommended that you speak with your doctor if you are pregnant or can become pregnant.