How often do you eat fish?
As we all know, fish is good for you. And it is good for your pregnancy. In fact, in one study (found here) eating fish reduced miscarriage rates by 30%. That is a significant difference!
However please be sure to stay away from fish that are high in mercury. Mercury is a contaminant found in fish that can affect brain development and the nervous system. The FDA has released guidelines for children, women who are pregnant and women who are trying to become pregnant. These guidelines state that no more than 12 oz of low mercury fish should be consumed weekly. “Highest” mercury fish should be avoided and “high” mercury fish should be kept to only three 6-oz servings per month.
Here is a list of most fish by classification according to the FDA:
- Mercury Levels In Fish -
HIGHEST LEVELS - Please AVOID Eating while TTC or Pregnant
Tuna ( bigeye, Ahi)
HIGH LEVELS - Please eat no more than three 6-oz servings per month
Sea Bass (Chilean)
Mackeral ( Spanish, Gulf)
Tuna (canned, white albacore) See tuna chart below
Tuna ( Yellowfin)
LOW LEVELS - Please eat no more than six 6-oz servings per month
Bass ( Striped, Black)
Cod ( Alaskan)
Croaker ( White Pacific)
Halibut ( Pacific and Atlantic)
Jacksmelt ( Silverside)
Sea Trout ( Weakfish)
Tuna (canned, chunk light)
LOWEST LEVELS - You can enjoy two 6-oz servings per week
Mackeral (N Atlantic, Chub)
Salmon ( Canned, Fresh)
Shad ( American)
Squid ( Calamari)
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