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eating liver in pregnancy

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zulubump Sun 28-Jun-09 13:16:10

I know it is recommended that you don't, but does anyone have more information about why and if small amounts is OK? Before I got pregnant I had some blood tests because I was feeling tired quite lot. The only thing they found was iron sightly on the low side. Now I'm pregnant (only 6 weeks) I'm feeling bloody knackered! I'd prefer to get iron naturally than with a supplement and I'm quite fond of liver. Anyone know what the risks are?

bubblagirl Sun 28-Jun-09 13:37:46


JoPie Sun 28-Jun-09 13:37:50

Like most things, they tell you to stay away from it because they assume we are all idiots who can't tell the difference between a small serving and a truckload daily (which is about what you'd need to eat to have any real problems)
The official advice in the UK is to avoid all liver products due to the Vit A being in the retinol form, too much of which can cause problems in fetal devlopment in the first trimester, specifically the optic nerves. Plant sources and fish sources contain Vit a in the betacarotene form, which does not have any risk.

Scandinavian studies recommend that liver products such as pate are low risk and may be consumed, but that main course liver products have not been quantified as to risk so should be avoided in general.

Some info here

bubblagirl Sun 28-Jun-09 13:39:45

i think small amount of liver is ok just not large amounts regularly

bubblagirl Sun 28-Jun-09 13:40:12

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