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Clinical Perspectives: FDA Updates Fish Consumption Recs for New and Expecting Mothers

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Clinical Perspectives: FDA Updates Fish Consumption Recs for New and Expecting Mothers

Welcome to Clinical Perspectives, a new column from Mommy Matters. We cull the newest, most important pregnancy and postpartum news and break it down into a few takeaway points you need to know. Also, we have our own medical expert, Dr. Shirazian, who reviews each article and adds the clinical perspective. If you are interested in learning more on your own, our MD-trusted sources include the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Very Well Health.


July 2, 2019 - Good news for sushi lovers: the FDA has just updated its recommendations for eating fish during and after pregnancy. Adding a few servings a week of fish low in mercury is now strongly encouraged for pregnant and breastfeeding women.


Key Takeaways

  • Be careful about mercury content, but embrace the nutritional value and health benefits that fish have to offer.
  • Nutritious, low-mercury fish such as salmon, shrimp, and shellfish are excellent dietary choices. 
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should always avoid high-mercury fish like swordfish, king mackerel, and bigeye tuna. 
  • It’s recommended that pregnant or breastfeeding women eat two to three 4-oz servings (8 to 12 oz total) of low-mercury fish per week based on a 2000 calorie diet. However, only 30% of pregnant women get this amount according to a 2012 study.
  • Bottom line: Eat that sushi you’ve been craving (just skip the bigeye tuna)!

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Disclaimer: This is general medical information and not specific medical advice.  It does not and should not replace diagnosis or treatment by your healthcare provider. If you are seeking personal recommendations, advice, and/or treatment, please consult your physician. If you have an emergency, you should contact 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.