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Fish can be an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and proteins, that can do a great deal of good to you and your baby during your pregnancy. But keep in mind that you need to be cautious with your seafood consumption to ensure that it doesn't harm your baby in any way. This is because some kinds of fishes, especially the large seawater ones, can contain traces of mercury which can lead to some serious conditions related to your baby's growth and development patterns. Also read about the causes, symptoms and treatment of mercury poisoning.
Normally, mercury enters the sea water through industrial wastes and gets converted into methylmercury. This deadly compound then enters the fish in the contaminated water, binding itself with the flesh of the aquatic creature. It remains embedded even after the fish is cooked thoroughly. High levels of mercury intake during pregnancy can affect the development of your baby's brain and central nervous system. Also read seven foods that you should not consume during pregnancy.
Therefore as a precaution, limit your fish consumption, making it a weekly affair. Eliminating fish from your diet might seem to be the safest option but that will restrict your intake of rich fish-protein and omega-3 fatty acids too, which play a crucial role in your baby's brain and eye development.
So when it comes to eating fish during pregnancy, follow these rules:
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