Food is the most essential things of all living organisms. The intakes we consumed become not only an accumulation of our body, but also it decided who we are, how we look like, our health, and the potentials of our future generations.
Therefore, it is the most important thing to consider about the consequences of the intakes as well as the amount of the intakes during your pregnancy period or if you are thinking or having a plan to take a baby. Well and balance diets are the key factors for the pregnant woman as the intakes are the main sources of nourishment for her baby.
Fish and shellfish are also an important part of healthy diet as fish and shellfish contain high quality of protein and other essential nutrients, are low in saturated fat, and contain omega-3 fatty acids. Although well-balanced diet of fish and shellfish are good for the child’s proper growth and development, the enrichment of mercury level in those fish and shellfish should be considered as a risk for the developing nervous system of the child.
As you may know, mercury is a toxic element and the high level of mercury exposure such as consuming or inhaling can affect and damage your nervous system (the brain), digestive and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes. Therefore, the consumption of the excessive amount of mercury during your pregnancy can cause some serious problems to your baby.
Thus, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are advising the women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children to avoid some types of fish and eat fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.
On the other hand, it is better to consult with the medical professionals or nutritionists and take their recommendation for fish and shellfish related diets in order to avoid the risk of mercury, and for the benefit of important nutrients for the fetus’s growth and healthy development.