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:
- Canned light tuna
Which fish should pregnant women avoid?
Pregnant women should avoid fish that are high in mercury, including:
- Ahi tuna
- 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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