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?
|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|
|Mid-Atlantic blue crab||Cod||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.