Smart Woman: Pregnancy And Fish Consumption

Published 06/10 2014 10:40PM

Updated 06/11 2014 11:06AM

Eight months pregnant with her third child, Jessa Martinez knows a lot about what fish to eat. Jessa Martinez, a pregnant mother says "I stay away from the larger fish…."

The concern is bigger fish have higher mercury levels which can harm a developing brain. Now The Food and Drug administration and the Environmental protection agency are trying to clear up questions so more pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as children eat more fish. Dr. Angela Bianco, Mount Sinai Hospital adds, "We know that fish and fatty acids are very important for the development of the neurological system including the brain, eyes."

The new guidelines recommend eating at least 8 ounces of seafood low in mercury two to three times a week. Some fish lower in mercury are shrimp, salmon, tilapia and cod, which are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Health officials say avoid swordfish, tile fish, king mackerel and shark which are high in mercury. Dr. Angela Bianco as Mount Sinai Hospital canned tuna is fine even deep sea tuna one serving a week would be fine The government hopes the new recommendations will get more children and pregnant women eating fish.

Jessa Martinez says,"I'm a fish lover, so the more fish the better as long as it's safe." and Jessa says she tries hard to get her two young boys to eat fish .. but that's not always easy.

Consumer groups had been pushing for mercury content labels on fish, but the FDA decided not to require them.

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