It is very crucial to obtain the necessary nutrients for your baby and yourself during pregnancy. This can easily be done by eating the right seafood. Seafood is the only food that is rich in omega-3 DHA which are essential for brain and eyes development. Of course, other nutrients including protein, calcium, Vitamin D and iron are found in the seafood as well. These nutrients also aid in building bones and muscles.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends:
- At least 8 ounces (226 grams) of seafood (less for young children) per week based on a 2,000 calorie diet
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to consume between 8 and 12 ounces (340 grams) of a variety of seafood per week, from choices that are lower in mercury.
Studies have shown that pregnant women who eat cold water fish have babies with higher IQ and better vision than pregnant women who do not.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have concluded that the following people should eat more fish that is lower in mercury for important developmental and health benefits:
- Women of childbearing age (about 16-49 years old)
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women
- Young children