One of the best food sources for DHA and omega 3s is fish. DHA is one type of omega 3 that is critical for developing your baby’s brain and eyes. Omega 3s help prevents preterm labor and preeclampsia, increases birth weight, and improves infant outcomes like hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and attention span. Plus, omega 3s even decrease your risk for postpartum depression. In addition to omega 3s, fish are high in protein and have essential nutrients like vitamin D and selenium. Along with the benefits, there are some risks to consuming fish during pregnancy, like mercury content, dioxins, PCBs, and radiation. The big question is, do the benefits of eating fish during pregnancy outweigh the risks? This episode explains which fish to avoid and which are considered safe during pregnancy and examines the evidence to support the risks and benefits of eating fish.
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