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Is Seafood Safe for Pregnant Women?
Women who are pregnant are often bombarded with foods they shouldn’t eat, and among them is usually seafood. However, women can and should eat fish, with a few exceptions.
Not all fish is safe for pregnant women, but avoiding seafood altogether can affect your baby's growth and development. Seafood provides omega-3 fatty acids, protein and iron, which aid in brain development and support growth.
If you are pregnant, eat up to 12 ounces of tilapia, cod, salmon, canned light tuna, shrimp and sardines or up to 6 ounces of Albacore or "white" tuna and salmon per week. Seafood high in mercury and other toxins, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, should be avoided, as well as raw and smoked seafood.
For additional information, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Women's Health section.
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