Health Tip: Eating Fish During Pregnancy04/10/14
(HealthDay News) -- While fish typically is a healthy food, many
types contain mercury. And because mercury exposure can harm a
developing fetus, expectant moms should be cautious about how much
fish they eat.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends these
precautions for pregnant women who eat fish:
- Avoid species that tend to contain high amounts of mercury,
including tilefish, shark, king mackerel and swordfish.
- Eat no more than 12 ounces per week of lower-mercury fish, such
as canned light tuna, shrimp, catfish, pollock and salmon.
- Before eating locally caught fish, check for any
- If you cannot find information about the safety of local fish,
eat no more than one 6-ounce serving in a single week, and avoid
other fish that week.
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