- Posted October 18, 2013 by
Eating fish when pregnant
Many pregnant women struggle with asking themselves if they should eat fish or not. They would encourage themselves to eat food and one of them would be fish. Even if you don't care for seafood or a big fan of fish recipes, you've probably heard that fish is a major source of omega-3 fatty acids (specifically DHA and EPA), which are important for your baby's brain and eye development. Fish is also low in saturated fat and high in protein, vitamin D, and other nutrients that are crucial for a developing baby and a healthy pregnancy. Therefore, it’s safe to say that your healthy food recipes that contain fish are still healthy for your baby.
Fish always causes controversy. Most fish is perfectly safe to eat when pregnant. It is a great source of vitamins and protein. The high level of omega-3 fatty acids make fish a great source of food for the healthy meals of expectant mothers who care about their babies. There are certain fish though that contain high levels of mercury which can lead to certain childhood developmental delays. This list includes Tuna, Shark, Marlin and Swordfish. The food standards agency recommends that you consume no more than one tuna steak or two cans of tuna per week. But thankfully the tasty fish (in my opinion) such as salmon, cod and haddock are perfectly fine for pregnant mothers.
But some types of seafood — particularly large, predatory fish such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish — can contain high levels of mercury. Seafood that's low in mercury and high in omega-3 fatty acids are:
Atlantic and Pacific mackerel
Other safe choices include shrimp, pollock, catfish and canned light tuna. However, limit albacore tuna and tuna steak to no more than 6 ounces (170 grams) a week.