Erika Rasmusson Janes
June 10, 2014

As a first-time preggo, I was pretty careful (or maybe neurotic is a better word) about what I ate. Case in point: Once, while on a babymoon in Bermuda, I actually left the resort restaurant where my hubby and I were about to order dinner to go back up to our room and fetch my handy list of low-mercury fish (yes, I packed that!) just to make sure the seafood dish I was considering was "okay." (As it turns out, it wasn't!)

Lots of mamas-to-be probably share my concerns about fish, and are confused about what falls in the safe-or-not-safe categories when it comes to their pregnancy diet. (So many different kinds of tuna!) But new advice issued earlier today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urges pregnant women, as well as those breastfeeding, to actually up their consumption of low-mercury fish. (While not yet finalized, the new recommendations will ultimately replace the current guidelines, issued in 2004.)

What types are fish are okay to eat when you're expecting (or nursing, or feeding a young child)? According to the FDA, lower-mercury fish include: salmon, shrimp, pollock, tuna (light canned), tilapia, catfish, and cod.

So go ahead, mama—eat some fish. The right kind is good for you and your baby!

Image of a pregnant woman eating fish courtesy of Shutterstock

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