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What Seafood Can I Eat While Pregnant? June 25, 2018

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What Seafood Can I Eat While Pregnant?, Gulf Shores, Alabama

When you’re pregnant, it’s more essential than ever to consume the right amount of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals each day. For a long time, physicians believed this excluded all fish since the mercury it contains can cause developmental delays in the fetus. However, today, modern science has revealed that it’s not so black and white, and some types of seafood are beneficial to you and your baby.  

How to Safely Consume Seafood While Pregnant 

seafoodFish is an excellent source of many nutrients, but it is especially rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). While everyone needs to eat foods containing these essential nutrients, pregnant women require a greater intake because they play an important role in reducing the chances of premature delivery and improve brain and vision development in the baby. To get this, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating at least eight ounces of DHA-rich seafood each week.

To get these recommended servings and to enjoy some tasty seafood regularly, be mindful of mercury levels in fish. The varieties with the lowest levels include catfish, cod, salmon, and shrimp. You can also eat white albacore tuna as long as you don’t exceed six ounces.

What Seafood Should You Avoid?

This includes shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. Other seafood to avoid during this time is any raw or cooked shellfish and the smoked seafood typically found in the deli section of grocery stores.


When you’re trying to get your daily fish serving, stop by Desoto’s Seafood Kitchen in Gulf Shores, AL. This family restaurant won votes for the best lunch and dinner in the area for the past 14 years. Find out what everyone raves about! View their menus today by visiting their website, and call (251) 948-7294 if you have any questions. 

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