If I am pregnant or breastfeeding can I still eat fish?
Eating fish has many nutritional benefits for pregnant women and young children.
Fish are a valuable source of protein, minerals, vitamin B12 and iodine, are low in saturated fat and contain omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for the development of the nervous system in babies, before and after they are born.
But eating too much of a good thing when you are pregnant or breastfeeding can be bad, because some fish contain mercury levels that may harm an unborn baby or young child’s developing nervous system.
Most fish in Australia have low mercury levels however and the good news is that you can receive all the benefits of eating fish without the risk if you follow some simple dietary advice. The following will help you safely include fish as an important part of a balanced diet.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women and women planning pregnancy, 1 serve equals 150g. Children up to 6 years, 1 serve equals 75g.
2 –3 serves per week of ANY FISH AND SHELLFISH NOT LISTED BELOW
1 serve per fortnight of shark (flake) or billfish (Swordfish and Marlin) and no other fish that fortnight
1 serve per week of Orange Roughy (deep sea perch) or Catfish and no other fish that week