J.J. asks from Mesa, AZ on September 24, 2008
Can You Eat Salmon While Pregnant?
I love salmon and have been indulging..I'm 11 weeks pregnant.
Is this ok or too much mercury?
K.H. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2008
For high mercury doeses, you have to worry about the larger fish. Salmon is a smaller fish.
A.B. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2008
There was recently a study that linked the distance of homes to mercury-emitting factories to a higher incidence of autism. So I believe ANY mercury is too much!
You can get omega-3s elsewhere, such as eggs (must be labeled Omega 3 eggs -- it depends on the chickens' diet so not all eggs have it) and walnuts. You can also take Expecta or the like, which is Omega 3s from algae, not fish (which is where fish get their omega 3s from!)
F.G. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2008
Every doctor and mom has their own opinion, as you can tell below.
The night I announced my pregnancy to my family, I had a huge slice of swordfish at Mastro's in Scottsdale to celebrate. My chef brother warned me about mercury levels in this type of fish but other fish are not a danger. Not smart to eat it that night I guess, but I continued to eat salmon and other fish with low mercury levels through my pregnancy and returned to eating raw fish (sashimi) while breastfeeding. My doctor had no problems with this so long as I limited it each week. Every woman is different, but we all know that fish is very very healthy so I wouldn't run away from it. My baby is healthy and very intelligent.
T.R. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2008
Salmon is ok, but it should be wild salmon & just make sure that is well done. My doctor said that mercury is higher in swordfish, seabass, tuna, etc, but that salmon was one of the only fish that is ok to eat. I understand the desire to indulge... salmon is delicious!
S.T. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2008
The docotors reccommend that you do not eat to much fish.
D.D. answers from Phoenix on September 26, 2008
Once in a while is probably ok. My Doctor wouldn't let me eat any.
T.A. answers from Phoenix on September 26, 2008
At one time doctors recommended against eating fish with high levels of mercury but they have changed! If you like it, eat it! It is good for you and also has been proven to improve brain development! Your baby wants you to eat salmon :)
H.M. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2008
Salmon is on the list of ok fish to eat while pregnant. Just in moderation -- I think the limit is 12oz a week. Here is a really good list that I found: http://www.ewg.org/safefishlist?gclid=CJKKnfXB95UCFRIcawo.... It tells you which to avoid, which are lowest in mercury, and which to eat only once a month.