Should my partner eat fish when she is pregnant?
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
fish and shellfish can also be part of a healthy diet. They are a great source of protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. However, almost all fish and shellfish contain a harmful substance called mercury.
Mercury mainly gets into our bodies by the fish we eat. Only high levels of this metal seem to be harmful to developing babies. So the risk of mercury in fish and shellfish depends on the amount and type your spouse eats. By following some tips your partner can get the healthy protein and omega-3 fatty acids in fish and avoid mercury in her diet.
Use these guidelines recommended by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:
- Make sure your partner DOES NOT eat any shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish (also called golden or white snapper) because these fish have high levels of mercury.
- Do not let her eat more than six ounces of “white” or “albacore” tuna or tuna steak each week.
- Prevent her from eating more than 2 servings or 12 ounces total of fish per week.
- Choose shrimp, salmon, pollock, catfish, or “light” tuna as they contain less mercury.