Fish News for Pregnant Women

Give these fish choices -- safe for expecting or nursing moms -- a taste.

If you're expecting or nursing, you know to avoid fish that's high in mercury. Shark, king mackerel, swordfish, and tilefish are all no-nos -- and recently, the FDA also suggested consuming no more than six ounces of canned albacore tuna weekly.

But nutrient-rich seafood should be a part of your diet. Aim for about 12 ounces weekly of a variety of kinds. Tuna lovers may want to try canned light tuna, which is lower in mercury than albacore. Give these other safe choices a taste too.

Sardines

Nutritional Nibble: Packed with bone-building calcium.

Simple Meal: Chop up sardines and black olives, mix into tomato sauce, and serve over pasta.

Salmon

Nutritional Nibble: Rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Simple Meal: Marinate steaks in olive oil and dill, then grill. Remove skin to reduce fat.

Shrimp

Nutritional Nibble: A good source of protein.

Simple Meal: Barbecue shrimp on skewers, and toss with a green salad.

Cod

Nutritional Nibble: Very low in fat.

Simple Meal: Lightly bread a fillet, oven-bake it, and serve with rice and fresh vegetables.

Copyright © 2004. Reprinted with permission from the July 2004 issue of Parents magazine.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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