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Eating fish during pregnancy benefits baby

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised pregnant women and breastfeeding women to eat more fish as it has tons of advantages both for them and their babies.

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the past also advised pregnant women to eat maximum amount of fish during pregnancy, with no minimum amount stated. But now they say pregnant women should eat two to three servings of fish per week.

Recent studies have demonstrated that fish contain nutrients that are essential to the development of fetal brain, even though they may also be contaminated with brain damaging mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs.

Acting chief scientist of the FDA, Stephen Ostroff M.D, said over the years many women tried to limit consuming fish during pregnancy or avoided giving it to their young kids. But after years of research, science has shown that limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy and early childhood possibly means that you are cutting out important nutrients that can have a positive impact on development and growth as well as on general wellbeing and health.

Fish as a food source is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that not only promotes nervous system and fetal brain development but also contributes to a healthy pregnancy by lowering the risks of getting preterm birth, low birth weight and preeclampsia.

Some of the fish that are high in omega3- fatty acids and contain low levels of PCBs and mercury are listed so that you as a pregnant mother can give your child the right amount of nutrients to nourish his body's development.

1 Wild-caught Pacific Sardines

2 Wild-caught Alaska Salmon

3 Farmed Rainbow Trout

4 Farmed Arctic Char