Pregnant Women Encouraged to Eat Fish

This article, entitled "Pregnant Women Encouraged to Eat Fish," comes from Annie Payne, MomsEveryday correspondent from Western Colorado.

When pregnant, there’s a long list of things you shouldn’t consume like raw meat, soft cheeses and of course, alcohol. But new advice from the FDA encourages pregnant and nursing mothers to fill up on fish.

The FDA says that eating fish low in mercury during pregnancy and in early childhood can help with growth and neurodevelopment and is good for overall health.

Because of a fear of consuming mercury, many pregnant women opt to avoid fish all together, but it’s recommended they eat 8 to 12 ounces per week of a variety of fish low in mercury. Fish provide healthy protein, vitamins and minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. Popular species like shrimp, pollock, salmon, light tuna, tilapia and cod are good choices.

Fish high in mercury including tilefish, shark, swordfish and king mackerel should be avoided.

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