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Is it safe to have Tuna during pregnancy?

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What precautions should pregnant women take before eating tuna?

Tuna - also known as 

Tuna, Sushi
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Limits during pregnancy
Up to 6-12 ounces, i.e. one or two servings of tuna per week
What precautions should pregnant women take before eating tuna

Tuna is a saltwater fish and is widely eaten. It is a good source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. For instance, the vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids in tuna can aid in the development of the baby’s brain, eye, and nerves. Likewise, the abundance of vitamin A and B12 prevent anemia in the mother and neural tube defects in the baby. However, there is still no concrete classifaction of tuna, that means it doesn’t come in the safe or unsafe list of fish during pregnancy. The safety of having tuna also depends on the type of tuna as each type has different safety levels depending on its mercury level. Since it contains higher than normal mercury levels, pregnant women should either avoid eating it completely, or eat the recommended amount of light and canned tuna. Excess intake may lead to accumulation of mercury in the mother’s system and thereby cause brain and nervous damage and lead to physical deformities in the baby. Hence, it is best to minimize tuna consumption during pregnancy.

Good source of
Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Omega-3, Potassium, Protein, Selenium, Sodium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6,
May contain harmful elements like...
Mercury
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