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Fish is good for you and your baby It is an undisputed scientific fact that fish is a healthy and nutritional foodstuff. One of the main reasons for this is that fish contains a huge amount of essential and important nutrients that help keep the body healthy. Examples include vitamin D, which strengthens the bones; iodine, which helps optimize your metabolism; selenium, believed to help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, and not least the ultra-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Health professionals recommend that everyone – including pregnant and breast-feeding women – eats at least two servings of fish per week. It is further recommended that standard nutritional advice which suggests variety as the golden rule, is is also applied to fish. In the fish context, this means you should sometimes choose oily fish (such as herring, salmon, mackerel) and sometimes lean fish (such as flounder, plaice, cod and tuna), sometimes big fish, sometimes small, and also vary the way in which you prepare your fish. So far, so good... Large predatory fish. Small servings If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and in the mood for eating fish, you can eat most types of fish risk-free. You should, how-

ever, exercise caution when it comes to larger predatory fish. As one of the last links in the food chain, it is not unlikely that, lurking amongst the many highly beneficial nutrients in these types of fish, are relatively large amounts of chemical contaminants, such as methylmercury and dioxins. Recent research suggests that these chemicals may affect the brain development of foetuses and infants, particularly if significant amounts are ingested by the mother in the latter half of pregnancy or during the first months of breast-feeding. An effort has been made to reduce chemical contamination in fish by the introduction of fishing bans in the areas worst affected by methylmercury pollution. To be on the safe side, however, it is recommended that pregnant and breast-feeding women consume less than 100g per week of the following fish types: tuna, halibut, swordfish, porbeagle, escolar, mackerel, skate, pike, perch and walleye. But you should feel free to enjoy these types of fish in moderation, as mentioned above. The amount of fish you find in a regular tuna salad or sushi serving will do you no harm at all. You should, however, avoid ordering a large tuna steak or half-mackerel fillet. So, as with so many things in pregnancy, the key is moderation! Read more at

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