Pregnancy and Fish may not go together, at least certain types of fish. We have all heard that we should be increasing fish in our diets, because fish are so full of omega 3 fatty acids, the good fats, B vitamins and a great source of lean protein.
What is the problem then? Fish contains mercury. Mercury is a contaminant that can affect your babies’ brain development and nervous system. Small fish contain only small levels of mercury. As fish size increases, so does the level of mercury. Those big fish have eaten lots of little fish, and the mercury increases as you move up the food chain.
Avoid certain fish. The American Pregnancy Association suggests that you totally avoid 4 types of fish:
Check out their great site where they list specific fish by their mercury content, highest (Avoid), high (Eat no more than three 6oz. servings per month), lower (Eat no more than six 6oz. servings per month) and lowest (Eat two 6oz. servings per week). You will be able to plan the best fish choices for your family.
Their fish information on their site is located at http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/fishmercury.html
Does this mean that the healthy diet habit should be stop eating fish while pregnant? Not so! Healthy guidelines to follow are:
Don’t be scared of fish and pregnancy, just be careful. The FDA recommends eating 12 oz. of low mercury fish per week, about two 6 oz. servings. Fish contains Omega 3 fatty acids that are great for your babies’ brain and nervous system, but fish with high levels of mercury can hurt your babies’ brain and nervous system!
I have a son with autism, so I would take this one seriously until the syndrome autism is solved.