Sioux Falls, SD
The federal government is encouraging pregnant and breastfeeding women, along with young children, to eat more fish.
The FDA and EPA issued new recommendations for fish late last week.
This comes after a recent survey found most pregnant women are eating little or no fish.
With about 17 weeks to go, Sara Deelstra wants to finish off her pregnancy as healthy as possible.
"Very important to have proper nutrition for pregnancy," Deelstra said.
One of the ways she's doing that is by incorporating a little fish into her diet.
"Usually just walleye or tuna," Deelstra said.
Dr. Nicole Grossenburg says many expectant mothers are afraid to eat seafood.
"In the past we have recommended for women to limit the amount of fish intake because of concerns with mercury. Now we know obviously fish are good for pregnant women," Sanford OB/GYN Dr. Nicole Grossenburg said.
According to the new FDA and EPA recommendations, pregnant and breastfeeding women, along with young children, should eat at least eight ounces and up to 12 ounces per week of a variety of fish.
"Fish have been associated with improved neuro-developmental issues for babies," Grossenburg said.
Under the new guidelines, you still want to avoid fish that's high in mercury.
"Specifically mercury has been associated with detrimental neuro-developmental changes," Grossenburg said.
Deelstra appreciates the new advice, so that more pregnant women will know what food to eat during an important time in their lives.
"It's very nice to have a step-by-step plan of this is what you should eat. This is what you shouldn't eat in pregnancy," Deelstra said.
The four types of fish that are high in mercury include tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico, shark, swordfish and king mackerel.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also not eat more than six ounces of white tuna a week.