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Is it okay to eat fish during pregnancy?

  1. When you are pregnant, eating fish has health benefits for you and your baby. For your child because eating fish improves the development of the brain and nervous system. And for you because eating fish protects against cardiovascular disease. Because of the health benefits, the Nutrition Center advises to eat fish once a week, preferably oily fish, such as salmon and sardines. This also includes crustaceans and shellfish such as shrimps and mussels. This advice also applies to pregnant women. However, there are some types of fish that you should avoid when you are pregnant. And always heat the fish well. Canned or pot fish has already been heated sufficiently and you do not need to heat it again. The positive effects can be found when eating fish, and not when swallowing capsules containing fish fatty acids (omega-3 fatty acids).

Risks of eating fish are negligible

  1. Fish can contain dioxins or heavy metals, which in large quantities may be harmful to your child. Research indicates that the potential risk of small amounts of dioxins and heavy metals in 1 serving of fatty fish such as salmon and sardines is negligible.

Special fish advice for pregnant women

  1. By eating 1 portion of fish per week you get the maximum health benefit and there are no risks for your baby. As a precaution, the Nutrition Center advises pregnant women to eat fatty fish no more than twice a week. It is better to leave raw fish and herring (Maatjesharing or Hollandse Nieuwe). Learn why you shouldn't eat raw herring. After heating it is safe to eat fish, including herring.

  1. To be on the safe side, we do not recommend eating predatory fish, such as tuna, mackerel, eel, swordfish, pike, zander and shark, during your pregnancy. Also, do not eat these fish from a can or smoked. These fish species generally contain more dioxins and heavy metals. Also, be careful about eating home-caught fish and seafood as the water may be contaminated. If you don't know whether the water is polluted or not, don't eat it. This video explains why you should avoid eating tuna while pregnant. You will also hear why it is better not to eat raw fish and meat during this period.

  2. To be on the safe side, we do not recommend eating predatory fish during your pregnancy, such as tuna, mackerel, eel, swordfish, pike, zander and shark. Also, do not eat these fish from a can or smoked. These fish species generally contain more dioxins and heavy metals. Also, be careful about eating home-caught fish and seafood as the water may be contaminated. If you don't know whether the water is polluted or not, don't eat it. This video explains why you shouldn't eat tuna while pregnant. You will also hear why it is better not to eat raw fish and meat during this period.



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