Eating Fish Sticks and Processed Fish During Pregnancy

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QUESTION

Is it okay to eat fish from fast food places? Are products like frozen fish sticks from the grocery store safe during pregnancy?

ANSWER

Fish is healthful to eat while pregnant for your baby's brain growth and for your overall health. Go for wild fish most often and of course stay clear from raw fish and fish high in mercury. Mercury consumed during pregnancy has been linked to developmental delays and brain damage! Ick!

Fish high in mercury includes: shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. Canned, chunk light tuna generally has a lower amount of mercury than other tuna, but still eat in moderation (six ounces maximum per week).

If you are wanting fish sticks, try Dr. Praeger's -- delicious ones that you can bake in the oven, so lower in fat and it's made from pollock, so not high in Mercury.

Health and happiness to you,
Deborah Klein, MS, RD