Eating Fish During Pregnancy

by Maxine
Posted August 1 2010 08:04pm
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Eating fish is part of a healthy diet. It is a great source of nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. But during pregnancy, there are some types of fish that women should limit to less than once a month or try to avoid, because of the levels of mercury or contaminants found in these fish.

Health Canada recommends eating at least 150 grams (5 ounces) of low mercury cooked fish each week. You should avoid fresh or frozen tuna, shark, swordfish, marlin, orange roughy, escolar (Snake Mackerel), tilefish, sea bass and barracuda. These fish contain more mercury, which may affect your baby's development. You should limit canned white tuna (albacore) to 300 grams or approximately two 170 gram cans per week. Choose fish and seafood with lower levels of mercury.

For more information on eating fish during your pregnancy  visit the Health Canada website.

More foods you should avoid during pregnancy.


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Are Herbal Teas Safe to Drink While I'm Pregnant?

by Guest
Posted August 1 2010 07:55pm
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Everything you eat while pregnant will affect your baby, and some herbal teas can be harmful.

If you like to drink herbal tea, there are still some types that you can enjoy while pregnant. Use caution, however, as some herbal teas, such as chamomile, can be harmful to you or your baby. Choose from the list of “safe” herbal teas below and drink no more than 2 cups per day. It is also a good idea to choose different herbal teas. Don't drink the same one every day.

Safe Herbal Teas (No more than 2 cups a day):

  • Citrus peel
  • Ginger
  • Lemon balm
  • Linden flower
  • Orange peel
  • Rose hip

Adapted from: H E A LT H Y E A T I N G F O R A H E A LT H Y B A B Y,  November, 2002, by Best Start. Used with permission.

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