Is Seafood Safe in Pregnancy?
Seafood is a great source of protein, iron and zinc — crucial nutrients for the baby's growth and development.The omega-3 fatty acids in many fish, including DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), promote your baby's brain development. Fish are also rich sources of other nutrients required for fetal neurodevelopment including iodine, selenium, choline, vitamin D and long-chain n-3 fatty acids.
However, one concern is mercury levels in large predatory fish (in high doses) could be harmful for the brain development of your baby. (Taylor, Emmett & Emund)
Some seafood that’s safe to consume during this time include:
Seafood to avoid include:
Due to limited clinical studies conducted in India regarding local seafood and their effects on pregnancy, it is always suggested to consult your physician/ nutritionist about the type and serving size of each type of fish that you consume.