SEAFOOD & PREGNANCY

aN ARTICLE TO HELP PREGNANT LADIES DECIDE WHAT SEAFOOD THEY CAN HAVE, WHAT SHOULD BE EATEN IN MODERATION AND WHAT NOT TO EAT

 

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PREGNANCY AND SEAFOOD

As we all know, pregnancy is a time of wonder and worry. There have been many studies about what foods are safe to eat and what foods to stay away from. Here are a few guidelines to help you make choices a little easier and allow you to concentrate on the joy that is happening in your life.

Fish is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which studies have shown to aid in the development of brain and vision function. However, due to coal plant pollution, some fish are contaminated with Methyl Mercury. Methyl mercury is a neurotoxin and causes neurological damage, developmental delays and learning deficits. These are things you, of course, do not want to put into your body especially while pregnant.

To make it simple, we have put together a chart below listing which seafood is safe to eat while pregnant, seafood that should be limited during pregnancy and seafood that is dangerous and should not be consumed while pregnant.

What is safe to eat while pregnant?

Safe

Restricted consumption

DANGEROUS

Wild pacific salmon Canned tuna Shark
Farm-raised trout Mahi Mahi Swordfish
Farm-raised catfish Eastern oyster Sea bass
Fish sticks Blue crab from Gulf of Mexico Tilefish
Summer flounder Lake whitefish Tuna steaks
Croaker Blue mussels x
Mid-Atlantic blue crab Cod x
Haddock Pollock x
Safe to consume during pregnancy Limit to approximately one serving per week Do not consume while pregnant!

Be sure to contact and discuss eating seafood with your doctor. This is not medical advice.
For more information on seafood and pregnancy and many other topics, please feel free to visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) web site here.