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10 Dangerous Foods All Pregnant Women Should Avoid


2. King Mackerel

King mackerel may be a healthy source of omega-3 fatty acids for average individuals but the high level of mercury in this particular fish (and a few others on our list) can be potentially dangerous to your unborn baby. Too much mercury can damage your baby’s developing nervous system. The risks of consuming king mackerel fish while pregnant far outweigh the benefits, especially when there are a lot of other fish you can eat instead. For those who really like mackerel, there are some other types of mackerel that are okay in moderation, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

Ensure you get the right amount of omega-3 fatty acids by eating healthy, safer types of fish like salmon, tilapia and shrimp and staying within the recommended guidelines for mercury consumption (as noted in slide 9 of this article). To be safe, skip raw fish when you order sushi – there are tons of rolls and other dishes available to you that are much safer to eat and don’t pose a risk to your unborn baby.

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