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Seafood & Pregnancy
Fish is one of the smartest food choices you can make. A type of omega-3 fatty acid found in abundance in seafood, called DHA, is needed for the best possible development of your baby's brain. Low-fat, high-protein fish is also good for mom's brain, heart and weight.
Benefits for Baby
Optimizes brain and eye development.
DHA omega-3s make up a good part of the brain and retina. All of the DHA gathered by your growing baby must come from mom's diet. And the richest whole food source of DHA is fish, especially oily fish like salmon, tuna, sardines.,
May reduce pre term birth.
Benefits for Mom
May help prevent and manage post-partum depression.
Low levels of omega-3s are associated with low levels of the brain chemical, serotonin. And low levels of serotonin are linked to depression.
Helps manage optimal weight gain.
Choose fish prepared healthfully - for example baked, broiled, grilled, microwaved or steamed.
Protects heart health.
Types of Fish to Focus On
For Women Who Are or May Become Pregnant, Breast feeding Women, and Young Children
Eat a variety of 12 ounces, or 2-4 meals, cooked seafood each week. If you like, up to six ounces can be albacore tuna. Avoid Shark, King Mackerel, Tile fish, and Swordfish.
All fish contain traces of mercury, but these fish - which most American's already don't eat - should be avoided as they tend to have higher levels.
Essential fatty acids found in most seafood variety may reduce the development of Alzheimer's disease.
Various reports have recommended that long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly those of the omega-3 family, can actually slow mental decline and even reduce the development of Alzheimer's disease in older people. These kinds of polyunsaturated fatty acids are structural components of neural membranes and are linked to some aspects of nervous tissue functions. With these kinds of fatty acids in the body, inflammation and proinflammatory substances in the brain are reduced from which Alzheimer's disease, a type of dementia, is linked.
Fish eaters have lower risks of getting cancer.
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are the essential components responsible for protection against cancer. In fact, there had been reports that people who eat fish regularly have low risks of cancers of the mouth, throat, stomach, colon, pancreas, lung, breast, and prostate.
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