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Husband dives to catch sea urchins for pregnant wife, health expert warns against raw fish

Husband dives to catch sea urchins for pregnant wife, health expert warns against raw fish

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Determined to try and satisfy his pregnant wife’s unusual food cravings, a man dove into the ocean to retrieve fish for her.

Louis Davis and his wife Ash Davis live in Northland, New Zealand and are about to welcome their third child.

The couple grew up fishing and diving for fresh catch in the Pacific Ocean and are no strangers to open waters, according to SWNS, the British news service.

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Ash Davis, in particular, loves eating sea urchins and experienced an increased craving during her pregnancy.

Full-time content creator Louis Davis went to the bottom of the sea to collect sea urchins for his pregnant wife during her pregnancy, SWNS reported.

Louis David, pictured here, dives into the ocean to retrieve fresh sea urchins for his pregnant wife. He told Fox News Digital: “She has an intense craving for sea urchins from the bottom of the ocean.” (SWNS)

The process takes between 10 and 12 hours, he said, but Davis said he can’t deny his wife the food she craves.

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He told Fox News Digital: “She has an intense craving for sea urchins from the bottom of the ocean. And who am I to deny my wife what she wants?”

Louis Davis said the entire process takes between 10 and 12 hours. (SWNS)

Louis Davis also said he was aware of the risks and added that his wife’s craving for raw fish was no different than an American craving a cheeseburger.

The diver told SWNS that he puts on a “very thick wetsuit” and dives to the seabed to collect sea urchins, which he then cuts up and brings back to shore.

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He noted that his wife eats kina, which comes from sea urchin eggs, and the couple never freezes what they bring in.

“She’ll eat it the day it comes out of the ocean. We never freeze them,” he told SWNS.

Louis Davis brings his pregnant wife sea urchins to satisfy her food cravings during her pregnancy. (SWNS)

Louis Davis described the taste as “salty, very rich and very overpowering” while noting that “99% of people spit it out or vomit it.”

Fox News Digital spoke with Dr. Angela Wilson-Liverman, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, who said there are potential illnesses that could come from eating raw fish during pregnancy.

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“We very clearly advise pregnant women not to consume raw fish or raw shellfish, because pregnancy is a kind of immunocompromised state,” she said.

Louis and Ash Davis, pictured here, welcome their third baby this year. (SWNS)

She added: “Pregnant women are much more susceptible to any type of infection in general, but also to the fetus.”

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Wilson-Liverman said raw or uncooked fish or shellfish can contain bacteria or parasites that can make the person who eats them sick.

A man dove into the ocean to collect fresh sea urchins to satisfy his wife’s desire to get pregnant. (SWNS)

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that pregnant women should “avoid all raw or undercooked fish during pregnancy.”

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Wilson-Liverman recommends that pregnant women cook fish thoroughly before eating it and eat a balanced diet that includes protein.