Frequent question: Can I have fish while pregnant?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that pregnant women eat at least 8 ounces and up to 12 ounces (340 grams) of a variety of seafood lower in mercury a week. That’s about two to three servings.

What fish can you not eat while pregnant?

During pregnancy, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages you to avoid:

  • Bigeye tuna.
  • King mackerel.
  • Marlin.
  • Orange roughy.
  • Swordfish.
  • Shark.
  • Tilefish.

Which fish is safe during pregnancy?

Make sure to choose a variety of fish lower in mercury, such as salmon, tilapia, shrimp, tuna (canned-light), cod, and catfish. Consumption of white (albacore) tuna should not exceed 6 ounces per week.

Can you eat any fish while pregnant?

Popular types like catfish, clams, cod, crab, pollock, salmon, scallops, shrimp, tilapia, trout, and canned tuna are all not only safe fish, but healthy fish to eat during pregnancy.

Is shrimp not good for pregnant?

Yes, shrimp is safe to eat during pregnancy. But don’t overdo it. Stick to two to three servings of seafood (including options like shrimp) a week and avoid eating it raw. Follow these recommendations and you’ll satisfy your taste buds — and cravings — without getting yourself or your baby ill.

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Can I eat salmon everyday while pregnant?

Salmon is a good choice because it has a fairly low mercury content and it doesn’t have a strong fishy taste that may turn you off if you experience food aversions during pregnancy. As long as you eat cooked salmon and limit your total consumption, this fish is healthy and safe while you are expecting.

Can I eat cod while pregnant?

Best choices are safe to eat two to three servings a week. They include cod, haddock, lobster, oysters, salmon, scallops, shrimp, sole and tilapia. Good choices are safe to eat one serving a week. They include bluefish, grouper, halibut, mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna and snapper.

Is canned tuna bad to eat while pregnant?

The amount of tuna considered safe during pregnancy varies by country. In the United States, women are advised to eat no more than 12 ounces (340 grams) of canned light tuna or less than 4 ounces (112 grams) of yellowfin or albacore tuna per week.

What happens if you eat too much mercury while pregnant?

If you come in contact with high levels of mercury during pregnancy, it can cause real problems for you and your baby. Mercury can damage many parts of your body, including your lungs, kidneys and nervous system (that includes the brain, spinal cord and nerves). It also can cause hearing and vision problems.