What seafood is safe when pregnant?

Seafood can be beneficial to you and your baby, but some kinds (like canned tuna) should be eaten in moderation!


When you're pregnant, do you know what seafood is safe to eat? Take our quiz to find out. First, is it safe to eat shellfish? Eating shellfish while pregnant is fine in moderation. While the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are good for your baby's developing brain and eyes, some varieties also contain mercury. In large amounts, mercury can cause brain damage and hearing and vision problems. The FDA recommends pregnant women eat 2 -3 servings of fish a week. To be safe, stick to choices like shrimp, Clams and mussels, which are all low in mercury. Next, is it safe to eat canned tuna? The FDA advises pregnant and nursing women to limit their tuna consumption to six ounces a week, that's about one meal. Canned light tuna is generally considered safe. [MUSIC] But some testing has shown that mercury levels can vary from can to can. The tuna you want to avoid is albacore and tuna steak, which have been found to be higher in mercury content. Finally, is it safe to eat salmon? [BLANK_AUDIO] Salmon is a great option if you're trying to boost your omega 3s while pregnant. But you'll want to limit your weekly consumption to up to 12 ounces a week. Which is about two meals. [MUSIC] Ready for another pregnancy quiz? Check out Parents.com/Safeornot [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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