What You Need to Know About Eating Fish
With concerns about mercury levels in fish -- a usually healthful food, how much fish should pregnant women eat? What other options provide the same health benefits as fish? Follow these guidelines to stay healthy.
Pregnant Women and Big Fish Risks continued...
But, flaxseed oil, walnuts, canola oil, wheat germ, and omega-3-fortified
eggs are excellent food sources for these fats. Also, a couple of new prenatal
vitamins - and a 200 mg supplement - contain an algae-derived form of omega-3
fats, she adds.
"These are from vegetable plants, so the fats are not quite the same …
the body converts them more slowly. But if someone doesn't want fish, it still
Redfern identifies with those who love fish and hate to cast it from their
diet entirely. "With them, I advise making sure you're not eating as much
as in you once did. You don't to want frighten them, make them not eat fish at
The bottom line: Fish contain beneficial protein and fats, but if you want
to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or are nursing, follow the EPA and
- Do not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish because they
contain high levels of mercury.
- Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of fish and shellfish that are
lower in mercury, such as shrimp, salmon, catfish, Pollock and canned light
- Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and
friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas.