Fish is Back on the Menu for Pregnant Women

Sarah Royal Muleshe By Sarah Royal Muleshe, 10th Jul 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you are pregnant and are steering clear of fish, chances are high you might be missing out on the key nutrients for the growing fetus. You want to read on!

Fish is Back on the Menu for Pregnant Women

Most pregnant women have avoided eating fish for years. Of course the mercury thing might be quite a threat to fetal brain development, but not all fish contain high amounts of mercury. Fish-eating benefits far outweigh the costs, too. Which is why you would read through this article:

The New Guidelines
The revised Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines encourage especially pregnant women to eat more fish, and a variety of it, provided the species are lower in mercury. The FDA report evaluates the risks and benefits of consuming fish, and ultimately comes to a conclusion that a lack of fish in the diet could only mean more harm than good to the unborn baby.

Adding Fish to the Menu
This is simple. All you need to do is incorporate two to three 4-ounces of fish servings to your weekly meal planning. Plus, the options are many: whether you crave for smoked salmon atop a fresh salad, or you simply want grilled tuna steaks, you just can have it. There is a catch, though; steer clear of raw fish. Sushi isn’t on the menu. You don’t want to be susceptible to food-borne illnesses as well.

Amount of Fish to Consume
Most women in America don’t eat adequate amounts of fish. But a weekly dose of 8 to 12 ounces should do the trick. It’s tantamount to 2 to 3 weekly fish servings, and it can take the place of other kinds of proteins.

Type of Fish to Eat
You want to eat fish that’s low in mercury content. Handy species would include salmon, sardines, oysters, tilapia, cod and pollock. On the other hand, you would steer clear of tuna, king mackerel, shark, swordfish and tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico. Those are rich in methylmercury, a neurotoxin that is sure to be toxic to the nervous system. Methylmercury simply is bacteria-converted mercury that collects in lakes, oceans and streams. Which is why even anglers will want to check their local advisories regarding what fish to avoid. Otherwise, they should limit fish consumption to 6 ounces per week.

The Benefits
Of course, nutritional benefits of eating fish are numerous, it goes without saying. Fish contains a high level of precious proteins. Either, it’s rich in taurine, glutamine, arginine, iodine, selenium, and vitamins A and D, which only can promote the growth of the unborn baby. As well, fish is an easily digestible protein.

Fish and Omega-3
Fish is a known source of omeg-3 fatty acids, an element whose benefits shouldn’t disappoint. The fats are thought to lower blood pressure and strengthen the immune system. Not to mention, they help develop both the nervous and cardiovascular systems; it’s fetal brain and vision development that benefits when you eat fish. And while omega-3 supplements might be an option, you only will be missing out on other fish nutrients. Besides, most supplements apparently contain omega-3 from plants; not fish.

There you have it! If you’re pregnant, you want to take advantage of what fish consumption has to offer. Just make sure you eat the right species. Those low in mercury.


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