Seafood can be an important part of a balanced diet for pregnant women. It is a good source of high quality protein and other nutrients and is low in fat. However, some fish contain high levels of a form of mercury called methyl mercury that can harm an unborn child’s developing nervous system if eaten regularly.
By being informed about methyl mercury and knowing the kinds of fish that are safe to eat, you can prevent any harm to your unborn child and still enjoy the health benefits of eating seafood.
Highest Mercury – AVOID Eating
High Mercury – Eat no more than three 6-oz servings per month
Tuna (canned, white albacore) See tuna chart below
Tuna (fresh bluefin, ahi)
Lower Mercury- Eat no more than six 6-oz servings per month
Tuna (canned, chunk light)
Tuna (fresh Pacific albacore)
Lowest Mercury-Enjoy two 6-oz servings per week
(Obtained from the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC); data obtained by the FDA and the EPA).