The Best Fish for Pregnant Women

best fish for pregnancyBy Stacey Whitman

Swimming with omega-3 fatty acids that promote brain development, fish are vital to a healthy pregnancy diet. In fact, a recent study in the online Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found that pregnant women who eat eat at least two servings of fish a week are less likely to have children with behaviors related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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What are the best fish for pregnant women?

Of course, there’s more to it than that. The study also concluded that high mercury exposure during pregnancy raises a child’s risk for ADHD-related behaviors. That means it’s essential for pregnant women to stick to fish that are low in mercury, like these:

  • Salmon
  • Haddock
  • Sole
  • Flounder
  • Canned light tuna
  • Crab

Which fish should pregnant women avoid?

Pregnant women should avoid fish that are high in mercury, including:

  • Ahi tuna
  • Swordfish
  • Shark
  • King mackerel
  • Orange roughy

For more on the safest fish, check out Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch and download a free pocket guide or smartphone app.

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