Eating fish is really great for your body during pregnancy, but you might be worried about what fish you can safely eat. Mercury is the main reason for concern about fish consumption by pregnant women, so swordfish, bluefish, striped bass and bluefin tuna are on the no-go list. You should also steer clear of fish from the Great Lakes in the United States because freshwater fish can contain high pollutant levels. Check with your doctor whether you shouldn't eat a certain type of fish or seafood, but these fish are generally safe (and remember, wild is better than farm-raised):
- Pacific halibut
It's also important to continue to watch your iron intake. Iron is an essential part of hemoglobin production in your baby, and it helps prevent premature delivery and low birth weight. The recommended daily intake during pregnancy is 27 to 30 milligrams, but this doesn't mean you have to choke down a heaping plate of liver and spinach every day (although if you enjoy liver and spinach, by all means keep eating it). There are plenty of other foods that are high in iron, including:
- lean red meat
- dried beans
- dried fruits
- wheat germ
If you're concerned about the iron levels in your diet, ask your doctor to recommend an iron supplement to take in addition to your prenatal vitamins.
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