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Did you eat seafood when you were pregnant? I remember my OB warning me to avoid certain types of fish. Sushi, obviously, but also sea bass and tuna, among other species. There’s a lot of confusion out there about seafood and pregnancy. So much so, that many pregnant women simply stop eating seafood entirely for the whole nine months.
While it’s true that pregnant women should stay away from fish high in mercury (shark, mackerel, swordfish, tilefish), it is actually SMART to eat seafood during pregnancy. After looking over the scientific studies section of the healthy tuna website and reading the findings, I discovered that a study found that not eating seafood during pregnancy could lead to depression. This is because marine foods like fish are the only naturally rich source of a special omega-3 fatty acid called DHA. We’ve all heard how DHA is needed for the very best possible brain and eye development in babies, but it’s also said to improve mental health in adults.
I didn’t find myself depressed when I was pregnant – in fact, it was one of the most happiest times of my life! I’m not sure if I can attribute this to my diet 100% – hormones probably had something to do with it! But I never cut out anything altogether, including fish. I would enjoy salmon once a week or so, as well as crabcakes, and I’d open a can of tuna here or there.
In addition to helping prevent depression, seafood also has many other nutrients that benefit pregnant moms and their growing babies. It’s a great source of lean protein and is rich in vitamin D and calcium.
Read more about these studies at HealthyTuna.com.