Pregnancy is a critical period of growth and development, making health and nutrition an essential priority.
Eating the right and safe foods are very essential for good pregnancy, and also the survival of you and your baby.
Pregnancy nutrition can be confusing, especially when it comes to certain foods to eat and not to eat. Fish and shellfish can be rich sources of protein, iron and zinc.
They're important nutrients for your baby's growth and development. The omega-3 fatty acids in many fish can boost your baby's brain development.
Although eating fishes can be beneficial to health during pregnancy, a few of them can cause dangerous adverse health effects for you and your baby.
Some big fishes caught in the sea and ocean can contain high levels of mercury since most industrial wastes are disposed of in these bodies and these fishes stay longer there before they're caught.
Though the mercury in seafood isn't a concern for most adults, precautions have to be taken by pregnant women or those trying to conceive.
If you regularly eat fish high in mercury and other heavy metals such as lead, the substance can accumulate in your bloodstream over time.
High levels of mercury in your bloodstream could damage your baby's developing brain and nervous system. When this happens, it can affect the baby's behaviour, mental and cognitive health.
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Here are 3 fishes you should avoid eating if you're pregnant:
On several occasions, sharks have been caught in Nigeria's riverine communities.
2. King Mackerel
It's also called broadbill fish, having a flat, long and pointed bill.
However, you can eat catfish, sardines, shrimp, titus, crayfish and other freshwater fishes.
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