Even if you’re a foodie or diet-conscious, there are few foods pregnant women should stay away for the safety of her baby and herself. Check out our guide and the list of foods to avoid or cut down eating during pregnancy.
1. Fish containing Mercury
We don’t ask you to quit all fish. Avoid fish containing Mercury during pregnancy as it can lead to brain damage and developmental delays. It is advised not to take fish that contains high levels of mercury such as king mackerel, swordfish, shark and tilefish, as they may contain high levels of methyl-mercury, a pollutant that can affect baby’s nervous system.
2. Fish exposed to pollutants
Avoid fish which is exposed to pollutants i.e cultured in contaminated rivers and lakes and exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls. Fish such as striped bass, bluefish, walleye and trout are usually exposed to pollutants, and may pose risk of fetal damage possibilities and other complications
3. Smoked Seafood
Avoid the refrigerated and smoked seafoods that include labels such as lox, jerky, novastyle or kippered. They are contaminated with Listeria bacteria and you usually get this fish in the deli section.
4. Raw Shellfish
Undercooked shellfish like oysters, mussels and clams can lead to illnesses. Although cooking them can prevent some of the infections, it can still contain the algae related infections and so it is best advised to avoid any kind of shellfish during pregnancy.
Fish safe to eat during pregnancy
Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency suggest pregnant women eat 8 to12 ounces of fish per week, due to the excellent source of nutrients, such as protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids that can help baby’s development.
But it is difficult to choose which fish is good during pregnancy. Well to make it easier we have listed fish, rich in omega-3’s and low in contaminants that are safer. The key trick is to choose the sea-food that is likely to contain low risky levels of pollutants, like mercury, dioxins, PCBs, and pesticides. Anchovy, herring, lake whitefish (Great Lakes), mackerel (Atlantic, jack, chub), rainbow trout (farm raised), salmon (wild or farm raised), sardine, and shad (American).
*Results may vary from person to person and results are not guaranteed