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Mercury and Fish in Pregnancy

Does eating seafood while pregnant seem fishy? You’re not alone in thinking so! Pregnant women are bombarded with information about what they can’t eat during pregnancy, but pregnant woman can and should eat fish (with a few exceptions).

Most types of fish are a healthy choice for pregnant women. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for healthy brain and eye development in your baby. Fish is also full of protein and iron which is needed to support both mom and babies growth.

However, some fish and shellfish should be avoided because they contains levels of mercury that can be harmful to your baby.

Fish and shellfish that are low in mercury include: anchovy, capelin, herring, Pollock, salmon, smelt, rainbow trout, shrimp, mussel and oyster.

Fish to choose less often (no more than once a month) that may have higher levels of mercury include: tuna, shark, marlin, and swordfish. See Eat Right for a more comprehensive list.

 

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