Can I Eat Fish During Pregnancy?

Can I Eat Fish During Pregnancy?

Eating healthy during pregnancy is vital in order to ensure that you and your baby are getting the right nutrients. Whether you are a seafood lover or not, you might have heard that eating fish during pregnancy can be good since it is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. You may have come across contradicting statements, as well, claiming that eating fish during pregnancy can be dangerous. So you are wondering, “Can I eat fish during pregnancy or not?”

Both of the statements are true in their own way. If you are not careful about what type of fish you are eating during pregnancy, it can go from being one of the healthiest foods to one of the most harmful. Be sure to educate yourself on what is healthy and what is not healthy for you and your baby. So for all you sushi and sashimi lovers out there, brace yourselves, because we’re about to reveal the skinny on eating seafood during pregnancy.

Why Is Fish Good for You?

Fish is filled with healthy nutrients that are good for your baby’s development. These nutrients include essential fatty acids, proteins, iron, zinc, and much more. The good part about fish is that it is low in fat, making it an ideal food for not just pregnant women but for anyone who wants to stay healthy. Most importantly, fish is the richest source of Omega-3, which plays a vital role in the development of your baby’s brain and in your baby’s visual development. Most experts believe that the benefits of eating fish outweigh the risks, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful!

How Can Fish Be Dangerous?

The biggest problem with certain types of fish is the high level of mercury and other contaminants. Predatory fish, or those that have a longer life span, usually have a higher level of mercury and should be avoided. Make sure you do research on what types of fish has longer life spans so you can avoid it. Eating fish that contains contamination during pregnancy can put your baby’s developing body at the risk, so make sure you are well aware of what you’re eating.

What Is Safe to Eat?

The trick to eating fish during pregnancy is to learn which type of fish is low in mercury and, hence, safe for your consumption. “Friendly” fish, or fish that you can eat safely throughout your pregnancy include salmon, pollock, trout, haddock, flounder, sole, ocean perch, cod and halibut – a good variety of fish!

Other types of fish that you can eat, but in a limited quantity approved by your doctor or from a certified authority include shellfish, canned or packaged tuna, and fresh-water fish (wild caught or store-bought).

Other types of fish, usually ocean fish, should be avoided as much as possible. The fish that you should stay away from during your pregnancy include shark, fresh tuna, swordfish, king mackerel, sea bass, amberjack, mahi-mahi, grouper, and tilefish.

How Much Fish Should You Eat?

In order to ensure staying safe while pregnant, the US Food and Drug Administration has provided a complete guideline regarding the safe consumption of fish during pregnancy. They advise you limit the consumption of fish from 6 ounces to 12 ounces per weeks. In addition, if you are unsure about fish, why not consult your healthcare provider? He or she will be able to guide you towards the right kind of nutrition for your baby, especially since every pregnancy is different. Depending on your medical history and general well-being and fitness, your doctor can be in a much better position to advise you.

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Written by Team Health & Parenting

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