How Much Seafood Should Pregnant Women Eat?

There’s a new report by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition which says that pregnant women should consume at least 12 ounces of seafood per week. However, some are questioning this advice given that the National Fisheries Institute has given money to the organization.

… the National Fisheries Institute funding constitutes a conflict of interest, according to Caroline Smith DeWaal, who directs nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

“It’s very troubling that the National Fisheries Institute is essentially paying for a public health message,” Smith-DeWaal says.

The recommendation to eat at least 12 ounces per week goes against government recommendations that pregnant women not eat more than 12 ounces per week because of the risk of consuming too much mercury and other contaminants often found in seafood.

It’s important for pregnant women to get Omega-3s but caution should be used when it comes to mercury and a growing fetus. Keeping consumption to under 12 ounces (3-4 servings) per week seems like a wise thing to do. That way, one gets the best of both worlds – a healthy amount of Omega-3s and an amount of mercury that is low enough to be in the safe range.


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