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Health Tip: Eating Fish During Pregnancy

Health Tip: Eating Fish During Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- While fish typically is a healthy food, many types contain mercury. And because mercury exposure can harm a developing fetus, expectant moms should be cautious about how much fish they eat.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends these precautions for pregnant women who eat fish:

  • Avoid species that tend to contain high amounts of mercury, including tilefish, shark, king mackerel and swordfish.

  • Eat no more than 12 ounces per week of lower-mercury fish, such as canned light tuna, shrimp, catfish, pollock and salmon.

  • Before eating locally caught fish, check for any advisories.

  • If you cannot find information about the safety of local fish, eat no more than one 6-ounce serving in a single week, and avoid other fish that week.

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