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UPDATE: Pregnant Women and Fish

Last week there was an announcement from a health advocacy coalition (funded by the fish industry) that urged expectant and nursing mothers to eat more fish (12 oz. or more) for the safety of their babies. They said that the Omega-3s in fish are far more important to consume and that you shouldn't really worry about mercury levels.


The FDA and EPA however, are sticking to their stance. They feel these women should eat no more than 12 oz. of fish a week, and should be careful about mercury. Some fish contain high levels of this toxin, which could harm the nervous systems of developing fetuses and infants.

Fit's Tips: As a reminder, fish is a great source of Omega-3s, but it's not the only way to get your fill. If you do eat fish, stick to no more than two meals of it a week. Choose seafood with low levels of mercury such as salmon, tuna, sardines, oysters, and mackerel. If you're not into fish, flaxseed oil, flaxseeds, walnuts, soy products, canola oil, and enhanced foods such as Breyer's yogurt.

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