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15 weeks pregnant is it ok to eat canned tuna fish?

15 weeks pregnant is it ok to eat canned tuna fish?

Yes: Canned tuna is fine in pregnancy. There have been no recorded cases of mercury poisening from canned tuna, which is the concern when eating large ocean going fish. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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I eat fish about 4 days a week (salmon and ahi tuna). I'm also trying to get pregnant. Is it okay to eat this much fish until I get pregnant?

I eat fish about  4 days a week (salmon and ahi tuna). I'm also trying to get pregnant. Is it okay to eat this much fish until I get pregnant?

Probably too much: The only safe amount of fish during pregnancy is none. The FDA has guidelines about how much and what types of fish are more or less dangerous, depending on the amount of mercury the specific fish is thought to contain. Planning such a diet should occur before conception and in consultation with you OB. Generally, large fish with a long lifespan (e.g., tuna) have higher mercury levels. ...Read more

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Is lobster safe to eat during pregnancy like in a bisque? Only raw seafoods or high mercury fish like tuna are a problem, right?

Is lobster safe to eat during pregnancy like in a bisque? Only raw seafoods or high mercury fish like tuna are a problem, right?

Lobster: Lobster, prawns, scallops, etc are safe during pregnancy. Many large ocean fish now contain unacceptable levels of mercury due to mans contamination of the sea. Fish can be a very good food during your pregnancy. One to two servings a week is recommended. The fish high in mercury are king mackerel, shark, swordfish and tilefish. Tuna is actually ok, but salmon would be a better choice. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat canned tuna while pregnant? How much seafood is ok during pregnancy i dont eat beef or pork?

Is it ok to eat canned tuna while pregnant? How much seafood is ok during pregnancy i dont eat beef or pork?

"Seafood" diet: Thankfully, you are on a seafood food and not "see any food" diet. Fish is an excellent source of protein during pregnancy including tuna, with one major exception. Fresh fish caught in mercury poisoned and infested lakes is off limits to pregnant mothers and generally the rest of the population as well. ...Read more

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Tuna fish is good in pregnancy and how much intake in a week?

Tuna fish is good in pregnancy and how much intake in a week?

Limit- high mercury!: Unfortunately our oceans (oxymetazoline) are polluted. Tuna is among the fish higher in Mercury, which is very toxic to developing babies. The US EPA says pregnant women can eat 8-12 ounces of light canned tuna/week but should avoid albacore. However, other experts feel it's wise to avoid all tuna in pregnancy- see http://tinyurl.com/pkuxagy Wild salmon, low in mercury but high in Omega 3's is the safest to eat. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat porgy fish while pregnant?

Is it ok to eat porgy fish while pregnant?

Avoid.: Porgy fish was noted to be high in mercury the last time this was checked. Be safe and don't. See http://www.ewg.org/research/brain-food/fish-women-should-avoid ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat silver fish when pregnant?

Is it ok to eat silver fish when pregnant?

Too much Mercury.: Apparently Silver fish has a very high Mercury content, and should be avoided completely while pregnant. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat fish everyday when you are trying to pregnant? Am 27 yrs.

Is it ok to eat fish everyday when you are trying to pregnant? Am 27 yrs.

No problem: Because some fish may accumulate toxic substances (metals, carcinogens) i would recommend a more varied diet during pregnancy. At a minimum, vary the type/source of the fish as much as possible. ...Read more

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I am craving fish but I am also over 35 and pregnant. Is it ok to eat swai and whiting during pregnancy?

I am craving fish but I am also over 35 and pregnant.  Is it ok to eat swai and whiting during pregnancy?

In moderation: Here is a list of fish that you should avoid and other fish that are safe in moderation. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/fishmercury.htm. ...Read more