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Title: Is Consuming Fish Safe for Pregnant Women? What are the benefits and risks?


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Introduction
  • Pregnancy makes women jitter even about regular
    food, understandably so.
  • Now that you are sharing your food with the baby,
    you will have to be extra careful about your food
    habits as it directly affects the babys health.
  • Even some of the healthiest foods which are
    consumed without any hesitation normally, have to
    be double checked. And Seafood falls under this
    category.

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  • So, is consuming fish safe for pregnant women?
  • Yes but only if you take necessary precautions.
    Fish being a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty
    acids and lean protein, it is one of the critical
    components for the optimal development of your
    child.
  • But not all types of fish are safe for you too.
    So, the key here is choosing the right fish for
    consumption.
  • But the problem with fish as a food is it harbors
    Mercury, a heavy metal that is dangerous for the
    development of the babys brain, sensory and
    motor skills development.
  • A lot of industries drain their toxic mercury
    wastage into the seas and oceans. 

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  • So, is consuming fish safe for pregnant women?
  • The mercury is converted into methyl-mercury by
    the bacteria in the water. And when the fish
    consume these bacteria, the mercury enters the
    fish and stay in their body binding at the
    cellular level.
  • These Mercury contents are generally found in the
    cells of predators at the top of the food chain.
    The bad thing about the mercury content is that
    it cannot be eliminated through cooking.
  • Nominal levels of mercury dont harm much but
    when these mercury levels are left unchecked,
    they can cause serious damage to the baby.

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  • What types of fish are to be avoided during
    pregnancy?
  • Pregnant women must avoid Swordfish, Shark,
    Marlin, Atlantic salmon, Sailfish, Chilean sea
    bass, Walleye Orange roughy, Tilefish King
    Mackerel etc. are kinds of fish that are reported
    to contain high levels of mercury. You have to do
    away with the Uncooked Sushi too. Other types of
    fish have to be eaten in moderation that is not
    more than twice per week in average amounts.
  • Having said that, the normal fish are super
    healthy and the little to no side effects easily
    outweigh the benefits of consuming this food.
    There are the must add to the diet of the
    pregnant women considering their wide array of
    benefits
  • Fish is one of the critical components for the
    complete neurological development of the baby.

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  • An extraordinary source of essential amino-acid
    and rich lean protein they help in boosting the
    brain health of the baby.
  • The DHA and omega-3 fatty acids in the fish help
    the women battle the general depression and the
    mood swings during pregnancy.
  • Fish helps in the optimal development of the baby
    and also drastically decreases the risk of
    preterm birth.
  • Consuming normal amount of fish is not harmful
    unless you go on a fish only diet, which you
    probably wont. But as said above the risk
    depends upon the fish you choose. And the
    benefits of eating good fish far outweigh the
    negligible side effects.
  • So eat the right fish in right amounts.

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