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Living here in South Louisiana it is hard to NOT eat seafood, so with all 3 of my pregnancies I did not give up all seafood, just watch which ones I ate. My Dr. just told me to watch what fish I ate and that healthy tuna is a great choice.
While it's true that pregnant women should stay away from fish high in mercury (shark, mackerel, swordfish, tilefish), it is actually SMART to eat seafood during pregnancy. A scientific study was just released in which the findings show that women who skip seafood during pregnancy could be putting themselves in danger for depression http://www.healthytuna.com/health-nutrition/scientific-studies.
Here is a part of the study ( there is much more, visit HERE )
Benefits of FishDuring Pregnancy:
The lean protein, vitamins and minerals found in fish are good for everyone. But moms-to-be and their babies especially benefit from eating fish because it contains a healthy fat called DHA omega-3s. These special omega-3s help babies’ brains and eyes develop normally and may help moms to prevent and manage a type of depression called post-partum depression. The best natural source of DHA omega-3 is oily fish like canned and pouched tuna.
If you are planning on becoming pregnant, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding:
- Eat 12 ounces (about 2-3 servings) of cooked omega-3 rich seafood per week. You might try salmon, sardines or canned light tuna. If you like, up to 6 ounces can be albacore (white) tuna.
- Avoid four rarely consumed fish- shark, king mackerel, tilefish and swordfish because, aslarger predatory fish, they generally have more mercury than other varieties.
Healthy pregnancies begin with healthy moms-to-be. Eating a nutritious diet that includes fish at least twice a week can help you get in shape for the upcoming 9 months ahead.
Moms-to-be benefit by eating fish because it:
- May contribute to improved fertility
- Decreases blood triglyceride levels and increases HDL (good) cholesterol
- Provides a variety of nutrients necessary for good health including protein, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and vitamin D
Tuna and Shrimp Salad
3 cup shell macaroni, cooked
2 tsp mustard
2 tbsp onions
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
2 cup boiled shrimp, cut up
1/2 cup salad dressing
1 cup celery
2 tbsp pickle relish
1 can of tuna fish
Garlic salt (to taste)
1. Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate, keep covered, until time to serve.